In order to increase the quantity and quality of feedback we receive on our writing we are revamping the format of our meet-ups. This is a work in progress; nothing will be carved in stone. We’ll try it, see how it works, and then either tweak it or start all over again. (Kind of like writing, isn’t it?)
So, here’s a big picture description of what we’re doing:
There will no longer be time allotted during the meet-ups for reading the pieces. Any work that you would like to have critiqued will need to be posted to the website by Wednesday before the Sunday meet-up so that we will have time to read it. You should keep bringing paper copies so we can write comments on them. Start time will be at 11:00 and discussion will start promptly at 11:20.
For discussion we will go around the table allowing each person an allotted amount of interruption-free talk time to address the piece and when their time is up, it’s up, and the floor will be given to the next person. Then when everyone has been given a chance to talk about a piece we’ll go on to the next one. The host will be in charge of managing time. Time allotted to each story will depend on the number of stories we have on that day.
Story limit remains 5,000 words but if you have a longer piece and you post your story before the deadline, chances are we’ll read it. We’ll discuss the stories in the order they’re posted on the website. Please keep the comments related to writing, not the subject matter.
! NEW MEMBERS !
You will have to come to at least 3 meet-ups over a period of 3 months before you’ll be given access to the group’s private website.
If it’s your first meet-up with us, you can just come and see how we do things – no need to bring anything unless you want to. For the next couple of meet-ups you can bring a piece of writing – 5000 words or less – on paper copies and we will provide feedback. When you are given access to the website you’ll be able to post your story there.
We’ll start the meet-up with feedback for the stories that have been posted to the website. When that’s done we will read your work and discuss it. Please make sure you have enough printed copies for everyone.
You can bring any type of writing: essays, memoirs, short stories, blog posts, a piece from your novel, poetry, etc.
Walk-in directions to THE BISTRO 33 (http://thebistro33.com/):
Take the BTS to Phrom Phong station and get down at exit 5. Then continue walking down Sukhumvit road until you get to soi 33. Walk down the soi about 100 meters until you see The Bistro 33 Restaurant sign on the right. Turn right and walk down about 30 meters.
22 Soi Sukhumvit 33