• [VIRTUAL] Read drafts, critique

    Virtual Meeting, At Your Desk

    To join, simply click this link around the scheduled time: https://zoom.us/j/786771834 Welcome to the Wednesday night virtual edition of our in-person meeting! 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, you'll also have the ability to share your screen so we can follow along as the draft is read aloud. We'll then comment on areas we liked and opportunities for improvement. No software required, but your computer will need a webcam and microphone. If you have questions, please leave a comment.

  • Novel Workshop: Read drafts, critique (Morning)

    Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

    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. You're also welcome to stick around after the meeting and join us for the afternoon session (12:30 - 3:15). Please only share your writing in one of these meetings, however. 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 problemo! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you. Remember that we also have a Saturday Afternoon session, so if you will be very late you can always join that one instead. 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

  • Novel Workshop: Read drafts, critique (Afternoon)

    Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

    Welcome to our Saturday 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. You're also welcome to come early and check out our morning session (9:15 - 12:15). Please only share your writing in one of these meetings, however. 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. I'm on the "waitlist" 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 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. Remember that we also have a Saturday Morning session. If that time slot works better for you, consider joining that one instead. I want to come but I will be late, is that okay? No problemo! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you. Is the group on social media? Oh yeah! Love us and like 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

  • [VIRTUAL] Read drafts, critique

    Virtual Meeting, At Your Desk

    To join, simply click this link around the scheduled time: https://zoom.us/j/330293148 Welcome to the Wednesday night virtual edition of our in-person meeting! We'll read your work aloud then comment on areas we liked and opportunities 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, you'll also have the ability to share your screen so we can follow along. No software required, but your computer will need a webcam and microphone. If you have questions, please leave a comment.

  • Novel Workshop: Read drafts, critique (Morning)

    Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

    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. You're also welcome to stick around after the meeting and join us for the afternoon session (12:30 - 3:15). Please only share your writing in one of these meetings, however. 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. 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 problemo! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you. Remember that we also have a Saturday Afternoon session, so if you will be very late you can always join that one instead. Is the group on social media? Oh yeah! Join 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

  • Novel Workshop: Read drafts, critique (Afternoon)

    Jarrod's Coffee Tea and Gallery

    Welcome to our Saturday 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. You're also welcome to come early and check out our morning session (9:15 - 12:15). Please only share your writing in one of these meetings, however. 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. I'm on the "waitlist" 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 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. Remember that we also have a Saturday Morning session. If that time slot works better for you, consider joining that one instead. I want to come but I will be late, is that okay? No problemo! Leave a comment on the RSVP page so we'll know when to expect you. Is the group on social media? Oh yeah! Love us and like 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

  • Book Club: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

    Arizona Wilderness Gilbert Brewpub

    Let's read something! This will be a casual Book Club type event. We'll chat about "The Woman in the Window" by A.J. Finn while eating and drinking all the yummy things that Arizona Wilderness Brewpub has to offer. For those who want to keep the fun going, we'll then head over to a nearby theater to watch the movie adaptation! Our discussion will have some emphasis on craft and narrative strategies, but it can be as simple as what we liked and didn't like. It's also okay if the discussion goes off topic! This is for fun :) Check out the book here: https://amzn.to/2ZczeXP Blurb: Anna Fox lives alone—a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, a mother, their teenage son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble—and its shocking secrets are laid bare. What is real? What is imagined? Who is in danger? Who is in control? In this diabolically gripping thriller, no one—and nothing—is what it seems.