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What is this Meetup About:
This is the official Meetup group of the Boulder Writers Alliance, a non-profit organization established in 1991. You should join this Meetup if you are professional or aspiring communicator. Communication specialties we embrace include technical writing and editing, blogging, copywriting, marketing communications, journalism, fiction and nonfiction writing, instructional design and e-learning, online help, photography and videography, training, Web design, desktop publishing, graphic arts, and more.
Our goal is to help our members find work, increase our marketable skills, and provide employers with a group of capable writing and publishing experts.
The Meetup is open to all who are interested in professional communications, regardless of membership status in BWA. BWA events, including events of the subgroups of BWA, will be posted here. We welcome interjections of energy and ideas from our members, and are open to posting events that you as a member would like to host. Make a suggestion at the BWA Forum if you would like to post an event related to professional communications.
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Upcoming events (4+)See all
- Boulder Writers Alliance Poetry CircleLink visible for attendees
The BWA Poetry Circle is held online on Zoom on the fourth Wednesday of the month from September through May. We meet from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Poets of all levels are welcome to participate. The Poetry Circle is a supportive learning group. At some sessions we focus on writing, at other sessions we have an invited speaker. During each session, we write a new poem and read it aloud at the end of the session.The group is focused on positive support and the development of interested and aspiring poets.
At the first 2023-24 BWA Poetry Circle Laura L. B. Border will present. This session will introduce the BWA Poetry Circle. We will also discuss techniques for writing a poem, write new poems during the session, and read our poems aloud to the group.
- Writers Who Read: Stella Maris - Cormac McCarthyLink visible for attendees
October's meeting--IN PERSON at the Boulder Library Main Branch 2nd floor Flatirons Meeting Room & ONLINE (see link when you register)--is Stella Maris by Cormac McCarthy (USA, 2022) on Sunday starting at 2:30 pm (for 2 hours). Facilities information here.
Cormac McCarthy's sibling novel to The Passenger is told entirely through conversations between Alicia and her therapist at the titular mental health facility. What is a novel? It is constantly evolving to assume the shape of its story, even if that story requires us to confront the darkest thoughts of a mathematical mind. Better than any memoir, Stella Maris offers us McCarthy's deepest benedictory musings on his life and his art.
We are Writers Who Read. We use Literary Forensics to dissect a recent novel (published within the past 18 months) with the goal of uncovering how the author has utilized their skills for effect. Storytelling is an art, but it's not a mystery. Every writer must address the following:
- Structure, Timeline, Pacing, Suspense, Omission
- Point of View, including Voice, Character, Place
- Language, Tense, Imagery, Metaphor, Symbols
- Motivation: Making a story pop - generating a thrill
- Why this story? And why now? Industry considerations
We ask that all attendees read the entire book in advance of the meeting, and come bearing their discoveries of how the author has addressed each of the five points above.
What is Literary Forensics? Find out here: https://www.garyalanmcbride.com/literary-forensics/
- Creative Writer's Critique GroupBoulder Public Library - Main Library, Boulder, CO
Calling all creative writers! The BWA Creative Writing Critique Group is open! BEFORE YOU COME email me at email@example.com to be added to the Google Docs folder to share documents for critique. Meetup does not allow file sharing.
AFTER YOUR 3RD MEETING YOU MUST JOIN THE BOULDER WRITERS ALLIANCE TO CONTINUE COMING!
This is for anyone working on a creative piece -- whether it be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, screen plays, etc. Participants will read through the pieces ahead of time, come up with helpful critiques, and discuss them at the meet up. Authors will need a copy of the critiques, whether through email or hard copy, so be prepared.
- Review full guidelines in Google Docs folder
- 5-7 pages
- 12 point Times New Roman or other easy to read font
- Must be present to receive critique
- Submissions are due the Friday before we meet
If you don't submit on time, you will be removed from the Meetup to make room for someone on the waiting list.
I look forward to working with everyone and reading all of your work!
- Publish to Sell: The Great Debate Self Publishing vs TraditionalLink visible for attendees
The publishing industry today looks much different than it did a decade ago. In that time, self-publishing has outgrown its longstanding 'vanity' stigma and become a viable publishing option for many writers. The traditional publishing industry has also experienced great changes and just isn’t what it used to be – even for those who’ve found success within the system. This workshop will cover:
the ways in which self-publishing differs from traditional publishing
how the unrestricted nature of indie publishing might align better with your publishing needs
the process of preparing your manuscript for publication
how to successfully navigate the publishing industry
Christoph Koniczek joined FriesenPress's team of employee owners in 2013, reconnecting with his passion for literature after a career in the culinary arts. A Publishing Consultant with the largest publishing services provider in Canada, Christoph has assisted authors with bringing over 2,000 titles to the market (and counting) in his decade-plus in the trade. When he isn't busy helping authors find their path, you can find him with a good book (European history and science fiction are favourites) and a strong cup of chai tea.