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2018 December 17th Meetup - LAST ONE OF 2018!
LOCATION: College Inn Pub in the University District is an Olde English Style Pub and Seattle Institution. Enter in the alley back from the street corner of 40th & Univ. Way. SORRY but there are STAIRS! GO downstairs and turn right...head into the back room which I have RESERVED. There is a door, and should be much quieter!! Also, Nachos are half-price ($4) on Mondays. NO coffee or deserts, so bring your own if you want it (the market across the street has coffee and we can bring it in). PARKING: Street parking seems readily available, at the meter rate of $2.50/hr, pay until 8pm. FREE street parking is available west of Roosevelt, along 40th and side streets, about a five block walk from the pub. Welcome, writers, new and old! Whether you are a seasoned writer, a fresh new beginner, or someone returning to the long lost or neglected passion, this is the place for you. The mix of styles, experience levels, genres, and personalities makes for some good reading, good writing, good listening, and good conversation. Come join us with your work and let's share feedback. We suggest you bring read-along-copies, but it is not required. Just bring yourself, your written words, if you have them and your ears. Oh, and we ask that if you can afford it,you chip in towards the rent. $5 is the recommended donation, thanks! The schedule is: 6:00 - 6:30 Meet, chat, order food & drinks, get settled in. . (Monday special is $4 Nachos.) We get table service, but sometimes spotty. (Summer hours, server comes on at 7:30pm, Winter hours at 5pm.) 6:30-40ish We take turns reading our work aloud. It allows for the writer to hear how his/her words sound to others, and allows the listeners/readers to hear how the story was intended by the author. After reading for about ten minutes, everyone present offers feedback and critique. We like to focus on big-picture issues, such as character development, plot points, story potential etc., rather than proper use of commas or other minute details. Our goal is to help each writer achieve their goals, by helping to improve the writing, and making it the best it can be. Finish: We're aiming for 9:30/10:00, which comfortably allows for seven to ten readers, but sometimes we go shorter or longer, depending on how the group feels. Please let me know at the start if you have to leave early and want to read early. We suggest you bring about 6-10 pages of typed work, double-spaced, or the equivalent (or less). That's about 1500 words. (We want you read for about 10 minutes, or less, and no longer than 15.) If your short story just happens to be one extra page, we're usually fine, but if it is a section of a larger work, remember that we need time for all members. Many members bring several copies (I usually print 8 to 10- we can share!) to pass around for reading along- it makes critique easier for most of us, but it is not required. (BONUS- you will get editing marks and extra comments on many of these, as they are handed back.) We invite everyone to participate in reading and critique. We draw names out of a hat for the order of readers. Sorry, but we do try to give everyone a chance to read, as much as possible. It is also important to remember that every writer is at a different level in their writing career, and not everyone has the same goals. We ask that you please be respectful and timely in your feedback. We looking forward to hearing what you've been working on!

College Inn Pub

4006 University Way Ne · Seattle

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What we're about

Let's get together and provide feedback on each other's work.

We meet weekly* with new work in hand** for others to review, with the hope the deadline will help keep us motivated!

*Weekly attendance is not required; always consult the calendar to confirm

**You may attend to hear the work of others and offer support and feedback, without sharing your own every time

The Who and the Why of Seattle Writers' Meetup

Who are we? We are the courageous wordsmiths who dare to place their dreamings onto the page. We are a group of writers dedicated to helping one another grow stronger and more confident in the craft of writing. We come from all walks of life, from infinite perspectives and backgrounds, and we are united in the goal to keep writing alive as an art form.

Why are we? This group was founded on the idea that great writing depends very little on whether or not it gets sold, or even published, and even LESS on whether or not that phrase or that comma are grammatically correct. We are GLOBAL ISSUE thinkers. Could the topic be more engaging? Does the dialogue flow naturally? Is the character developing, for the audience, the way the author intended? THESE are the questions we concern ourselves with.

The When and Where

Our current meeting schedule is Monday evenings, in the reserved back room of the College Inn Pub in the University District of Seattle.

Don't feel obligated to bring writing to share every time, especially your first time. You're very welcome to visit and feel us out first, and to show up whether or not you have anything ready to show this week. Sometimes, in the wake of sore throats or crippling stage fright, others can be coerced into reading your work for you, but we encourage you to do so on your own, if you are able.

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