What we're about

The group’s purpose is to help writers get to a final draft of a writing project. The writing project can be any type of writing: book (fiction or non), script, or poetry series, etc.

Unlike a typical creative writing workshop, nobody will read their work during the meetings. This eats up too much time and I’ve found it not very productive. Nobody in this group should tell you whether your writing is good or how to write. Final Draft is for writers who feel comfortable enough with their craft that they can learn from their own writing and don’t need that kind of validation from us. We, as a group, are your peers and offer a supportive space to talk about your processes, current challenges and successes and ultimately, help you to help yourself. This group would be beneficial for ANY type of creative process but is focused on the literary kind.

This group will host 3 types of meetings all aimed towards our final draft. It is a pilot that will run for 6 months and is free. If the group proves useful after this time, we will continue. These meetings will be held virtually and open to the global village.

Types of Meetings:

1. Roundtable: In this meeting type, writers can discuss a current writing project, which can include any current difficulties, any exciting progress, and even pitching practice. (1-2 hrs in length)

2. Three Rounds of Writing: In this meeting type, the group will engage in at least 3 rounds of writing together, using the pomodoro technique (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique) to maximize productivity: Each round consists of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. (2 hrs in length)

3. Public Readings: When one of us manages to get to a complete draft, we will offer that writer a chance to have a virtual public reading for that work. This draft doesn’t need to be a final draft. All members should agree to support these events in the best way that they can.

* When we are allowed to have live events at real venues, this will become much more celebratory. I’m thinking there has to be dancing involved! But that’s just an idea for when I get to a final draft.

Mission:

What’s the mission for this group? The least hope is that as fellow writers, we help each other finish writing projects. The greatest hope is that we create a supportive, literary community that wants to bravely explore its creative possibilities in response to the swiftly changing world around us.

* The number 1 reason why most books don’t get published is that they are never finished.

Social Media:

I'm currently playing with different tools this group can use to further collaboration. I just created a Facebook Page for the group and there's a Discord server as well. We'll see if either becomes useful.

1. Facebook Page (https://www.facebook.com/Final-Draft-A-Writers-Salon-102425978665781)

2. Discord Server (https://discord.gg/wTvNx5Ha)

** Photo images for this group are c/o Unsplash.com

Upcoming events (4+)

Three Rounds of Writing

Online event

This group hosts 3 types of meetings all aimed towards our final draft.

In this meeting type, the group will engage in at least 3 rounds of writing together, using the pomodoro technique to maximize productivity: Each round consists of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. (2 hrs in length).

We can do more rounds if things get hot and somebody gets on a roll. Always nice to be near somebody else's AHA! moments. Writers are welcome to stick around longer to just chat and get to know each other.

For more details about this group and the other types of meetings, check out the About section of this group.

The Zoom link will be made available to participants closer to the date. This is a virtual, video-chat meeting.

Three Rounds of Writing

Online event

This group hosts 3 types of meetings all aimed towards our final draft.

In this meeting type, the group will engage in at least 3 rounds of writing together, using the pomodoro technique to maximize productivity: Each round consists of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. (2 hrs in length).

We can do more rounds if things get hot and somebody gets on a roll. Always nice to be near somebody else's AHA! moments. Writers are welcome to stick around longer to just chat and get to know each other.

For more details about this group and the other types of meetings, check out the About section of this group.

Zoom link will be made available to participants closer to the date. This is a virtual, video-chat meeting.

Three Rounds of Writing

Online event

This group hosts 3 types of meetings all aimed towards our final draft.

In this meeting type, the group will engage in at least 3 rounds of writing together, using the pomodoro technique to maximize productivity: Each round consists of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. (2 hrs in length).

We can do more rounds if things get hot and somebody gets on a roll. Always nice to be near somebody else's AHA! moments. Writers are welcome to stick around longer to just chat and get to know each other.

For more details about this group and the other types of meetings, check out the About section of this group.

The Zoom link will be made available to participants closer to the date. This is a virtual, video-chat meeting.

Three Rounds of Writing

Online event

This group hosts 3 types of meetings all aimed towards our final draft.

In this meeting type, the group will engage in at least 3 rounds of writing together, using the pomodoro technique to maximize productivity: Each round consists of 25 minutes of work followed by a 5-minute break. (2 hrs in length).

We can do more rounds if things get hot and somebody gets on a roll. Always nice to be near somebody else's AHA! moments. Writers are welcome to stick around longer to just chat and get to know each other.

For more details about this group and the other types of meetings, check out the About section of this group.

The Zoom link will be made available to participants closer to the date. This is a virtual, video-chat meeting.

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Three Rounds of Writing

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