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This is for all writers of every kind. Perhaps you write for yourself and might want some feedback. Perhaps, you want to write but you need the motivation of group meetings to get you started. Perhaps, you just want to sit back and chat with others so creatively inclined. All motivations are welcome. I hope that meetings will eventually turn into "workshops" in which we read and comment on each other's writings, but majority will dictate.

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THE ROUGH WRITERS: connecting creative minds

Sangaree Library

The Rough Writers: connecting creative minds. Lowcountry Creative Writing Forum Who are we: The Rough Writers is a collective of serious, dedicated writers who have been published or are working towards being published. Serious writers are those who not only take the craft to heart but are also avid readers. We believe the best way to improve writing skills is to read a variety of published works. What we write: Members of The Rough Writers are novelists, short story writers, bloggers and poets. What to expect: If you have something you’ve written and would like to share with the group, you can expect constructive feedback on The Quality of your work, not the subject matter, punctuation or in-depth editing. Attendees are used as sounding boards for ideas. What to share: Short pieces, no longer than 1,500 words. Work comprised of short stories, poems, blog posts or segments of novels. Depending on the number of attendees, approximately 10 minutes will be granted per person, with an additional 5 minutes set aside for feedback/constructive criticism from other attendees. When and where we meet: Rough Writers meet as a group four Saturdays a month in the library serving the following local communities. The Rough Writers has been established for writers who have a core group of common interests. • First weekend of the month, West Ashley, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM • Second weekend of the month, North Charleston, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • Third weekend of the month, Sangaree, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • Fourth weekend of the month, Mt. Pleasant, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • On months with a fifth Saturday, there is no meeting Weekly Group Size: The group is structured to allow time for twelve writers to read works-in-progress and for group feedback. Who gets to read is determined by the first twelve people who sign up on meetup.com. Walk-ins and writers who did not sign up will be allowed to participate and critique others’ work, however they are not guaranteed time to read their own material The Rough Writers Goal is to help new and established writers with similar values and common interests. Typical agenda: Facilitator greeting and opening statement 03:00 minutes • Attendee introductions 12:00 minutes o Name o Writing goal(s) o Writing genre o Length of time you’ve been writing • Reading of work, and constructive feedback[masked] minutes* *Depending on number of attendees o Distribution of prompt 02:00 minutes o Attendees are encouraged to write whatever the visual prompt brings to mind 30:00 minutes Sessions usually last for between 2.5-3 hours. What we are not: The Rough Writers are not copy editors, or therapists. We are not a social group. This is not to say Rough Writers don’t become friends; we often do. But the mission, the reason for being, of our group is to help dedicated writers get better at the craft, the art they love. Final word: At present, we are made up of a vital, spirited group of dedicated, creative writers. Some have published multiple pieces of work; others aim to publish work in the future. We are welcoming, non-judgmental and always looking for ways to improve our relevance and potency. If any of this sounds intriguing to you, please come join us

THE ROUGH WRITERS: connecting creative minds

Mount Pleasant Regional

The Rough Writers: connecting creative minds. Lowcountry Creative Writing Forum Who are we: The Rough Writers is a collective of serious, dedicated writers who have been published or are working towards being published. Serious writers are those who not only take the craft to heart but are also avid readers. We believe the best way to improve writing skills is to read a variety of published works. What we write: Members of The Rough Writers are novelists, short story writers, bloggers and poets. What to expect: If you have something you’ve written and would like to share with the group, you can expect constructive feedback on The Quality of your work, not the subject matter, punctuation or in-depth editing. Attendees are used as sounding boards for ideas. What to share: Short pieces, no longer than 1,500 words. Work comprised of short stories, poems, blog posts or segments of novels. Depending on the number of attendees, approximately 10 minutes will be granted per person, with an additional 5 minutes set aside for feedback/constructive criticism from other attendees. When and where we meet: Rough Writers meet as a group four Saturdays a month in the library serving the following local communities. • First weekend of the month, West Ashley, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM • Second weekend of the month, North Charleston, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • Third weekend of the month, Summerville/Sangaree, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • Fourth weekend of the month, Mt. Pleasant, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • On months with a fifth Saturday, there is no meeting Weekly Group Size: The group is structured to allow time for twelve writers to read works-in-progress and for group feedback. Who gets to read is determined by the first twelve people who sign up on meetup.com. Walk-ins and writers who did not sign up will be allowed to participate and critique others’ work, however they are not guaranteed time to read their own material. The Rough Writers Goal is to help new and established writers with similar values and common interests. Typical agenda: Facilitator greeting and opening statement 03:00 minutes • Attendee introductions 12:00 minutes o Name o Writing goal(s) o Writing genre o Length of time you’ve been writing • Reading of work, and constructive feedback[masked] minutes* *Depending on number of attendees o Distribution of prompt 02:00 minutes o Attendees are encouraged to write whatever the visual prompt brings to mind 30:00 minutes Sessions usually last for between 2.5-3 hours. What we are not: The Rough Writers are not copy editors, or therapists. We are not a social group. This is not to say Rough Writers don’t become friends; we often do. But the mission, the reason for being, of our group is to help dedicated writers get better at the craft, the art they love. Final word: At present, we are made up of a vital, spirited group of dedicated, creative writers. Some have published multiple pieces of work; others aim to publish work in the future. We are welcoming, non-judgmental and always looking for ways to improve our relevance and potency. If any of this sounds intriguing to you, please come join us.

Richard Garcia's Poetry Workshop

Lowcountry Senior Center

$5.00

Richard Garcia is a widely acclaimed writer and poet with several books and many awards to his credit, including the Georgetown Review Poetry Prize, a Cohen Award from Ploughshares, a Pushcart Prize, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught at the College of Charleston and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program, in addition to many other less formal venues. On the first Wednesday of every month, Richard shares valuable insights on the world of poetry and provides stimulating prompts to rouse your muse from its stupor. The workshop is free for members of the Lowcountry Senior Center. There is a charge of $5.00 for nonmembers. Let the creativity flow from your soul! Dave

THE ROUGHWRITERS: connecting creative minds

St. Andrews Regional Library Conference Room

The Rough Writers: connecting creative minds. Lowcountry Creative Writing Forum Who are we: The Rough Writers is a collective of serious, dedicated writers who have been published or are working towards being published. Serious writers are those who not only take the craft to heart but are also avid readers. We believe the best way to improve writing skills is to read a variety of published works. What we write: Members of The Rough Writers are novelists, short story writers, bloggers and poets. What to expect: If you have something you’ve written and would like to share with the group, you can expect constructive feedback on The Quality of your work, not the subject matter, punctuation or in-depth editing. Attendees are used as sounding boards for ideas. What to share: Short pieces, no longer than 1,500 words. Work comprised of short stories, poems, blog posts or segments of novels. Depending on the number of attendees, approximately 10 minutes will be granted per person, with an additional 5 minutes set aside for feedback/constructive criticism from other attendees. When and where we meet: Rough Writers meet as a group four Saturdays a month in the library serving the following local communities. The Rough Writers has been established for writers who have a core group of common interests. • First weekend of the month, West Ashley, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM • Second weekend of the month, North Charleston, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • Third weekend of the month, Sangaree, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • Fourth weekend of the month, Mt. Pleasant, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM • On months with a fifth Saturday, there is no meeting Weekly Group Size: The group is structured to allow time for twelve writers to read works-in-progress and for group feedback. Who gets to read is determined by the first twelve people who sign up on meetup.com. Walk-ins and writers who did not sign up will be allowed to participate and critique others’ work, however they are not guaranteed time to read their own material The Rough Writers Goal is to help new and established writers with similar values and common interests. Typical agenda: Facilitator greeting and opening statement 03:00 minutes • Attendee introductions 12:00 minutes o Name o Writing goal(s) o Writing genre o Length of time you’ve been writing • Reading of work, and constructive feedback[masked] minutes* *Depending on number of attendees o Distribution of prompt 02:00 minutes o Attendees are encouraged to write whatever the visual prompt brings to mind 30:00 minutes Sessions usually last for between 2.5-3 hours. What we are not: The Rough Writers are not copy editors, or therapists. We are not a social group. This is not to say Rough Writers don’t become friends; we often do. But the mission, the reason for being, of our group is to help dedicated writers get better at the craft, the art they love. Final word: At present, we are made up of a vital, spirited group of dedicated, creative writers. Some have published multiple pieces of work; others aim to publish work in the future. We are welcoming, non-judgmental and always looking for ways to improve our relevance and potency. If any of this sounds intriguing to you, please come join us.

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St. Andrews Regional Library Conference Room

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