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GWW - Fiction: The What, How, and Why of It

  • December 2 · 6:00 PM
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6:00 – 6:30: Social

Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.

6:30 – 7:30:  GWW Chapter 1:  Fiction.  The What, How, and Why of It

In this 25-page essay by Alexander Steele, the Dean of the Gotham Writers' Workshop, we explore fiction's definition, its form, various genres, some of the best examples, the seeds of ideas, the nature of discipline, the importance of mastering the craft (what we teach at CSWriters), and many "BIG ANSWERS" as to why we write.  Regardless of why you write, trust me, you're never alone.

As a reminder, we will be using The Gotham Writers' Workshop (GWW): Writing Fiction - The Practical Guide during the next 22 weeks, on the 1st and 3rd Friday's of the month, when we will be working through the material and exercises.  During the 2nd, 4th, and sometimes 5th Fridays of the month, we will be covering a host of other materials specifically chosen from five different books in order to augment what we have learned, are learning, and will be learning.

See you there!

7:30 – 9:00: Tre Critique 

A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  Goal:  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.

Please bring two printed copies of your latest work using the following format:

• 12-pt Times New Roman or other commonly-used, legible font (courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc.)

• Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first.  Please include a short synopsis of the story up to the beginning of your selection.

• 1" margins, double-spaced lines, and indented paragraphs (no additional lines after a paragraph).

• Please number and staple your pages. If you have scene breaks, please show them in a positive way, using a number symbol, asterisk, or tildes centered on a line.

During our Tre Critique sessions, writers partner in groups of three (two or four people if the numbers are off). Each person reads two manuscripts, writing suggestions on the manuscript itself. Each writers' work is then discussed by the two critique partners, with a focus on what worked and what could be improved. By all means, use this opportunity to mention what we've learned about writing either inside or outside the group! After finishing with one writer's work, move on.

Each group of three should take about 30 minutes to read and annotate manuscripts, and no more than 20 minutes to critique each writers work. If you finish early, then feel free to continue the discussion! 

Common courtesies:

 - Please refrain from discussions during the reading and critique.  It distracts people, lowers the quality of their work, and slows them down.  If you're not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but please keeping thing "library" quiet until after all critiques are complete. 

 - Ignore grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.  You can find a terrific online guides for all 24 specifics at Grammarly Handbook (

 - Instead, focus on the writing craft, what we've been learning in Vogler, Lakin, GWW, and the numerous other sources we discuss each week.

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  • Scott M.

    #2) Over the next few months we will be using this book ­ If you click on the "60 New from $5.99" in the "More Buying Choices" section (tiny text) you'll see the vendor "christianbookbag" near the top of the list. They have a number of new copies marked as publisher return (black dot or dash on the edge of the pages). You can get an additional $1 discount if you order more than one and you use the discount code "CBB2016A". This drops the price of the books to just under $9 each, including shipping. I got my two on Tuesday (ordered on the 18th, arrived on the 29th) and they were indeed brand new books. Someone has already claimed my 2nd copy.

    December 1

  • Scott M.

    #1) As it turns out I may be back from Denver in time for this meetup. Huzzah!

    1 · December 1

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