What we're about

Writing a book? Let's MeetUp! We are a casual creative writing group of many 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 (5)

[VIRTUAL] Read drafts, critique

Virtual Meeting, At Your Desk

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://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 (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 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. The RSVP limit to our meetings is less than 10, as recommended by the CDC. Wearing a mask is encouraged and feel free to bring your favorite hand sanitizer to further promote health and safety. 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://discord.gg/yeeh9RV https://www.facebook.com/groups/redsandswriters/ https://www.instagram.com/redsandswriters/ https://twitter.com/redsandswriters https://redsands.org

[VIRTUAL] Read drafts, critique

Virtual Meeting, At Your Desk

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://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 (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 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. The RSVP limit to our meetings is less than 10, as recommended by the CDC. Wearing a mask is encouraged and feel free to bring your favorite hand sanitizer to further promote health and safety. 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://discord.gg/yeeh9RV https://www.facebook.com/groups/redsandswriters/ https://www.instagram.com/redsandswriters/ https://twitter.com/redsandswriters https://redsands.org

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