What we're about

Writing a book? Let's MeetUp! We are a casual creative writing group of all genres, from YA to mystery, literary to sci-fi, novels to poetry, screenplays to memoir. No fees or rigid structure. We get together to read drafts aloud and share feedback.

Don't have any writing yet? Just want to see how things work? Feel free to stop by as a reader. We always look forward to extra feedback! Newbies are always welcome.

***Recognized as one of the Top 150 groups in the world at MeetUp Togetherfest 2018***

Don’t see a Red Sands group in your area? Consider starting one! For approved applicants, we can guide you through leading a successful critique group and help connect local writers to your community. APPLY HERE: https://forms.gle/kC6Uwb4mirKwLr9V7 ;

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Upcoming events (4+)

[VIRTUAL] Read drafts, critique

Online event

To join the virtual meeting, simply click this link around the scheduled time:
https://zoom.us/j/891797799

***ZOOM PASSCODE IS:[masked]

Welcome to the Wednesday night virtual edition of our in-person meeting! We'll read your work aloud and discuss what works great and offer suggestions for improvement. Have a document ready with 2,000 words (or less) of a draft you're working on. The easiest way is to upload your document to a personal Google Drive in advance. For directions on how to do that, go here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1939kZ5oyloe16nIKX6X5-MK5yBozb5Zeb71kODDemhU/edit?usp=sharing

Alternatively, we have the ability to screen share so we can follow along as the draft is read aloud from your computer.

No software required, but your computer will need a webcam and microphone.

If you have questions, please leave a comment.

GENERAL FAQs

I'm not working on a "Novel" is it okay if I bring another type of writing?

Yes! Whatever project you have is great, screenplay, poetry, short story, non-fiction, whatever.

My writing is ____ genre, is that okay?

Yes! Bring your sci-fi, mystery, western, literary, or whatever genre you're working on. We will read it!

Do I have to RSVP?

Please always RSVP if you intend to share your work, or move yourself to "Not Going" as soon as you realize you won't be able to make it. You do not need to RSVP if attending but not sharing work, simply add a comment letting us know you'll be there.

I'm on the "Waitlist" what does that mean?

You're still welcome to join us to critique the other work, just be aware we may not have time to read your draft. We will try, though!

I'm afraid someone will hate my writing, what should I do?

Don't be afraid! Rough drafts are always rough. Nobody will be perfect. We're here to support you, which means pointing out the parts that are awesome and providing honest suggestions for improvement. You're welcome to ignore the suggestions or take it into consideration for the next draft. It's just feedback. No pressure.

I'm not good at giving feedback to others, what should I do?

Oh, sure you are! If you've ever thought "Wow, that movie was great, but I wish there was more of ___ and less of ____" then you know how to give feedback. You're welcome to provide as little or as much feedback as you're comfortable with. Easy stuff.

I'm uncomfortable with someone reading my writing aloud.

It's okay to read your own work aloud, but we will offer if you'd like one of us to do it. Hearing a friend read gives you the rare opportunity to understand how an outsider interacts with your story. Which sentences do they trip on? Is your 'voice' coming through? Reciting your own lines back is great, but consider using us as an opportunity to further support your journey to a fantastic final copy.

I want to attend but I don't have any writing to bring this time.

That's okay! You can still provide feedback. See you there!

Is the group on social media?

Oh yeah! Join us on all these fun platforms:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/redsandswriters/
https://www.instagram.com/redsandswriters/
https://twitter.com/redsandswriters
https://redsands.org

Novel Workshop: Read drafts, critique (Morning)

Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

**YES, THIS IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT! BRING YOUR OWN MASK/SANITIZER AS DESIRED**

Welcome to our Saturday morning meeting! Please bring 8 paper copies of a draft/chapter you're working on. Keep the draft under 2,000 words. We'll read the draft aloud and offer suggestions. First timers are always welcome. If you don't have writing to bring yet, still feel free to join us to read and offer critiques.

FAQ:

I'm not working on a "Novel" is it okay if I bring another type of writing?

Yes! Whatever project you have is great, screenplay, poetry, short story, non-fiction, whatever.

My writing is ____ genre, is that okay?

Yes! Bring your sci-fi, mystery, western, literary, or whatever genre you're working on. We will read it!

Do I have to RSVP?

Please always RSVP if you intend to share your work, or move yourself to "Not Going" as soon as you realize you won't be able to make it. You do not need to RSVP if attending but not sharing work, simply add a comment letting us know you'll be there.

I'm on the "Waitlist" what does that mean?

If you're on the waitlist, you're still welcome to join us. Just be aware we may not have time to read your draft, though we will try.

I'm afraid someone will hate my writing, what should I do?

Don't be afraid! Rough drafts are always rough. Nobody will be perfect. We're here to support you, which means pointing out the parts that are awesome and providing honest suggestions for improvement. You're welcome to ignore the suggestions or take it into consideration for the next draft. It's just feedback. No pressure.

I'm not good at giving feedback to others, what should I do?

Oh, sure you are! If you've ever thought "Wow, that movie was great, but I wish there was more of ___ and less of ____" then you know how to give feedback. You're welcome to provide as little or as much feedback as you're comfortable with. Easy stuff.

I'm uncomfortable with someone reading my writing aloud.

It's okay to read your own work aloud, but we will offer if you'd like one of us to do it. Hearing a friend read your work gives you the rare opportunity to understand how an outsider interacts with your story. Which sentences do they trip on? Is your 'voice' coming through? Reciting your own lines back is great, but consider using us as an opportunity to further support your journey to a fantastic final copy.

I want to attend but I don't have any writing to bring this time.

That's okay! You can still provide feedback. See you there!

I want to come but I have to leave early, is that okay?

Of course! Just leave a comment or let the organizer know when you get there.

I want to come but I will be late, is that okay?

No problem! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you.

Is the group on social media?

Oh yeah! Join us on all these fun platforms:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/redsandswriters/
https://www.instagram.com/redsandswriters/
https://twitter.com/redsandswriters
https://redsands.org

IN-PERSON Mesa Poetry Read & Critique (Jarrod's Cafe)

Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

*YES, THIS IS AN IN-PERSON EVENT! BRING YOUR OWN MASK / SANITIZER AS DESIRED*

Welcome, poets!

This is our new Bi-Monthly In-Person Poetry Meeting! We will be meeting at Jarrod's Cafe in Downtown Mesa. We're here to share our poetry and support one another through constructive suggestions for future drafts. Our group loves all styles of poetry, including similar genres like flash fiction and spoken word.

In person please bring 8 paper copies of your work so we can add editorial marks and jot down ideas. If your poems are very short, (Haiku, etc.) feel free to bring a couple, but try to limit the total length to 2 pages or less. If you don't have writing to bring in yet, still feel free to join us to read and offer critiques.

FAQ:

I'm nervous about meeting in-person during a pandemic. How can you assure I'll be safe?

Unfortunately there's no way for us to promise your safety. Attendees meet 'at your own risk.' That said, Jarrod's does allow ample space for some social distancing and has their own sanitation techniques to combat the virus. Wearing a mask is based on CDC guidelines; optional for those vaccinated-- also feel free to bring your favorite hand sanitizer if you'd like.

I write prose poems, is that okay?

Yes! All styles of poetry are welcome, including similar genres like flash fiction and spoken word.

I'm writing a novel--what about that?

Most likely you'll want to attend one of the other Red Sands events that focuses on novels. However, if your writing style is particularly lyrical we might be the best group to support you! Send a message to the organizer if you're not sure.

Do I have to RSVP?

Please always RSVP if you intend to share your work, or move yourself to "Not Going" as soon as you realize you won't be able to make it.

I'm on the "wait-list" what does that mean?

You're still welcome to join us, this just means we may not have time to read your work at this meeting, though we will try.

I'm afraid someone will hate my writing, what should I do?

Don't be afraid! Rough drafts are always rough. Nobody will be perfect. We're here to support you, which means pointing out the parts that are awesome and providing honest suggestions for improvement. You're welcome to ignore the suggestions or take it into consideration for the next draft. It's just feedback. No pressure.

I'm not good at giving feedback to others, what should I do?

Oh, sure you are! If you've ever read a poem and thought "Wow, loved that line -- but this part took me out of the moment" then you've given feedback. It's simply reacting to the work. No pressure.

I'm uncomfortable with someone reading my writing aloud.

It's okay to read your own work aloud, but we will offer if you'd like one of us to do it. Sometimes it's nice to do both at a meeting, to hear the poet's voice and an outsider's. Which lines do they trip on? Is your 'voice' coming through? Reciting your own lines back is great, but consider using us as an opportunity to further support your journey to a fantastic final copy.

I want to attend but I don't have any writing to bring this time.

That's okay! You can still provide feedback. See you there!

I want to come but I have to leave early, is that okay?

Of course! Just leave a comment or let the organizer know when you get there.

I want to come but I will be late, is that okay?

No problem! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you.

Is the group on social media?

Oh yeah! Like us and love us on all these fun platforms:

https://discord.gg/yeeh9RV
https://www.facebook.com/groups/redsandswriters/
https://www.instagram.com/redsandswriters/
https://twitter.com/redsandswriters
https://redsands.org

Novel Workshop: Read drafts, critique (Sunday Afternoon)

Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

**IN-PERSON EVENT! BRING YOUR OWN MASK/SANITIZER AS DESIRED**

Welcome to our Sunday afternoon meeting! Please bring 8 paper copies of a draft/chapter you're working on. Keep the draft under 2,000 words. We'll read the draft aloud and offer suggestions. First timers are always welcome. If you don't have writing to bring yet, still feel free to join us to read and offer critiques.

FAQ:

I'm not working on a "Novel" is it okay if I bring another type of writing?

Yes! Whatever project you have is great, screenplay, poetry, short story, non-fiction, whatever.

My writing is ____ genre, is that okay?

Yes! Bring your sci-fi, mystery, western, literary, or whatever genre you're working on. We will read it!

Do I have to RSVP?

Please always RSVP if you intend to share your work, or move yourself to "Not Going" as soon as you realize you won't be able to make it. You do not need to RSVP if attending but not sharing work, simply add a comment letting us know you'll be there.

I'm on the "Waitlist" what does that mean?

If you're on the waitlist, you're still welcome to join us. Just be aware we may not have time to read your draft, though we will try.

I'm afraid someone will hate my writing, what should I do?

Don't be afraid! Rough drafts are always rough. Nobody will be perfect. We're here to support you, which means pointing out the parts that are awesome and providing honest suggestions for improvement. You're welcome to ignore the suggestions or take it into consideration for the next draft. It's just feedback. No pressure.

I'm not good at giving feedback to others, what should I do?

Oh, sure you are! If you've ever thought "Wow, that movie was great, but I wish there was more of ___ and less of ____" then you know how to give feedback. You're welcome to provide as little or as much feedback as you're comfortable with. Easy stuff.

I'm uncomfortable with someone reading my writing aloud.

It's okay to read your own work aloud, but we will offer if you'd like one of us to do it. Hearing a friend read your work gives you the rare opportunity to understand how an outsider interacts with your story. Which sentences do they trip on? Is your 'voice' coming through? Reciting your own lines back is great, but consider using us as an opportunity to further support your journey to a fantastic final copy.

I want to attend but I don't have any writing to bring this time.

That's okay! You can still provide feedback. See you there!

I want to come but I have to leave early, is that okay?

Of course! Just leave a comment or let the organizer know when you get there.

I want to come but I will be late, is that okay?

No problem! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you.

Is the group on social media?

Oh yeah! Join us on all these fun platforms:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/redsandswriters/
https://www.instagram.com/redsandswriters/
https://twitter.com/redsandswriters
https://redsands.org

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