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The Arlington Writers Meetup Group Pages

This is a very active and supportive group of writers of all skill levels, interests, experiences, and goals.

We are poets, songwriters, novelists, short story writers, journalists, screenplay writers, and writers who don't know what they want to write. Some of us have novels in libraries and for sale at book stores, and short stories, articles, and essays in magazines and anthologies; others have drafts or even finished works we are editing; still others have notebooks full of ideas or scraps of papers with thoughts in every pocket. Some of us hope to someday be published, others just write for fun with no commercial aspirations. All are welcome!

We meet every Wednesday, alternating agendas. One week we talk about pieces members have posted to the Files Section; the next Wednesday we talk about writing in general, listen to speakers, do exercises, or conduct workshops focusing on a particular aspect of writing. Past topics of discussion/lectures have been: How Do You Beat Writer's Block? How Do You Write Action? Dialogue? Description? Showing Versus Telling, and more.

There are just three rules:

Make criticism constructive. Writing is such a personal thing, sharing it, especially in early stages can be traumatic. If you are going to comment - begin with what works and why. Don't say you don't like something. That's not relevant. Say something didn't work for you - but only if you are prepared to explain why. Also, don't feel like you MUST comment. And obviously, only comment if you have spent some time reading the piece and thinking about it.

When you have spent enough time in the group that you are ready to have a work critiqued, make sure you post a proofread document. We're not your copy/line editors. We're writers who are working on our own pieces, but happy to take the time away from our work to read yours, with the understanding you will do the same for us. All our time is valuable. Remember that.

Participate actively. Encourage other members to write, and allow yourself to be encouraged by the group. Come to as many meetings as you can - even if you didn't have time to read the work being discussed, (just don't critique if you haven't read it). It's good for you, as a writer, to be around other writers!

That's about it, so look around the Message Boards and the Files Section, and please consider joining us at our next meeting.

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Member Websites and Blogs March 4, 2013 8:39 PM Michael K.
AWG Mission Statement April 18, 2011 3:52 PM Michael K.
About The Arlington Writers Meetup Group October 21, 2012 7:38 PM Michael K.

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