• BAWL Critique Group Meeting

    Location visible to members

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)

  • BAWL Write-In

    Burger House

    Join us and fellow writers for the BAWL Monthly Write-In. Get inspired with writing prompts or work on your own projects. All genres welcome. Bring your computer or pen/paper. BAWL membership after two attendances is required. We are trying out a new meeting place on January 19... the Burger House in League City at 395 W. Main Street. That is the FM 518 exit of of the Gulf Freeway. We will vote at Meet up whether that is the place we will continue to meet. COST • $ 0 Free

  • Bay Area Writers League (BAWL) Monthly Meetup

    Clear Lake Park Meeting Room

    Featured Speaker of the month is Author Jessica Wilbanks on "Three Secrets to a Lively and Sustainable Writing Practice." Jessica will share ways she has added lightness and ease to her writing practice to stay focused on her writing goals, while also recognizing that creative writing is inherently inefficient. Jessica Wilbanks is the author of "When I Spoke in Tongues", a memoir about faith and its loss. She has received a Pushcart Prize as well as creative non-fiction awards from Ninth Letter, Sycamore Review, Redivider, and Ruminate magazine. Her essays have received Notable Mentions in Best American Essays and Best American Nonrequired Reading, and she was selected as a finalist for the PEN annual Literary Award in Journalism. Jessica received her MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Houston, where she served ans nonfiction editor for Gulf Coast. For more information, visit, jessicawilbanks.com We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting! Guests are welcome to attend two free meetups before becoming a member for an annual rate of $30.

  • BAWL Critique Group Meeting

    Location visible to members

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)

  • BAWL Critique Group Meeting

    Location visible to members

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)

  • BAWL Write-In

    Burger House

    Join us and fellow writers for the BAWL Monthly Write-In. Get inspired with writing prompts or work on your own projects. All genres welcome. Bring your computer or pen/paper. BAWL membership after two attendances is required. We are trying out a new meeting place on January 19... the Burger House in League City at 395 W. Main Street. That is the FM 518 exit of of the Gulf Freeway. We will vote at Meet up whether that is the place we will continue to meet. COST • $ 0 Free

  • Bay Area Writers League (BAWL) Monthly Meetup

    Clear Lake Park Meeting Room

    Monthly Meetup Featured Speaker: Marianne Dyson on Beyond Self-Publishing: Becoming a Publisher What are the financial, legal, personnel quality, quantity, and time considerations of creating books for companies or individuals. Awarding-winning Author and former NASA Flight Controller Marianne Dyson shares insights on her most recent book project. Marianne Dyson was one of NASA's first female flight controllers, the subject of her Space Shuttle memoir, A Passion for Space. She's a speaker on space topics for adults and children, a technical editor, and science fiction writer. She is best known for her award-winning children's books about space, including the NSTA 2016 Outstanding Trade Book Welcome to Mars which she coauthored with Apollo 11's Buzz Aldrin for National Geographic. Her next book with Aldrin, To the Moon and Back, was published by NatGeo in the Fall of 2018. For more information on Marianne, visit her website at http://mariannedyson.com. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting! Guests are welcome to attend two free meetups before becoming a member for an annual rate of $30.

  • BAWL Critique Group Meeting

    Location visible to members

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)

  • BAWL Write-In

    Burger House

    Join us and fellow writers for the BAWL Monthly Write-In. Get inspired with writing prompts or work on your own projects. All genres welcome. Bring your computer or pen/paper. BAWL membership after two attendances is required. We are trying out a new meeting place on January 19... the Burger House in League City at 395 W. Main Street. That is the FM 518 exit of of the Gulf Freeway. We will vote at Meet up whether that is the place we will continue to meet. COST • $ 0 Free

  • BAWL Critique Group Meeting

    Location visible to members

    EVERYONE IS WELCOME When someone asks me what critique groups are for, my favorite reply: Connection and Growth. Connecting with other writers in a variety of genres is so valuable in the often lonely world of writing. Growth happens in so many ways. Different genres and widely different styles challenge our brain and that's the good news! Understanding the rhythm of poetry has helped me understand and improve the rhythm of my nonfiction work. Now I never shy from finding a better word or phase. Moving sentences and ideas around is critical to my writing self. Connecting with the amazing talents who come and go to group gatherings is exciting and encouraging. We have one thing in common. We all want to be better writers. That's what critique groups are for! We critique all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, essay, memoir, and recently, a screen play. This is an especially good group if you haven't been to a critique group before. Discussing your work and your plans as an author is also what we are about. We learn so much from each other. Some of our members write in more than one genre, but all of us are enthusiastic and as eager to hear new work as to be heard by others. Another group member will be glad to read your writing sample if you wish. It's entirely up to you. Many of us have connected with others away from group for a more personal exchange. Bring copies (5-10) so each person in the group can share their ideas and suggestions AND write notes on their copy and return it to you. It's difficult, but please limit your writing sample to 500 words (or less), size 12 or 14 font. Please double-spaced to leave room for comments. Poets usually bring two poems on separate pages. The format of the poems is not restricted since format is often a significant part of the message. We often talk about the business of publishing. Nothing has changed - and still changes - more than what we can do with our finished work. If we do not have enough time to critique everyone's work, those members who had to wait will be first on the agenda at our next meeting. We try to wrap up by 9 p.m., but sometimes go to 9:30 p.m. More than once Starbucks has had to kick those of us who continue "connecting" after the group disbands. * * * * * Visitors are always welcome! * * * * * We love what we do and want to share it with YOU. (Thank goodness, I'm not a poet.)