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.

Upcoming events (5)

2020 September 28th Zoom Meetup

Online event

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. We're online now! Until further notice, we are meeting on Zoom. The link is list under Location. Come join us with your work and let's share feedback. Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94287493295 Pass Code:[masked] HOW IT WORKS: Eric has set up a group file on Google Docs: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eUtX0XjtBhYNw5vpykSsRrk4cs0GDQ_f?usp=sharing Before the meetup (or when you arrive), you upload your doc to the folder: 1. Open the link, click “+ New” 2. Choose your file from your computer. (.rtf or .docx is best for all) 3. CHECK THE DROP-DOWN MENU at the arrow/edit on the end of the file name box and select “CAN COMMENT” (rather than Can Edit or Can View) 4. Click Done / OK SCHEDULE (Pacific PDT times): 6:15 Log-in and chat, sort out tech issues with Zoom and/or uploading files to Google Docs 6:30 Introductions 6:40ish Start readers – anyone that didn’t get a chance to read the previous week, then new list 8:00ish 10-15 minute break 8:15/25 Second set of randomly chosen readers. We still have some folks who log off earlier than others, so the last few readers can always choose the option of reading to those of us left or waiting to go first the next week. When a reader begins, you can download the file or open it in the Google Drive or Google Docs directly, to read along. This allows you to scroll at your own pace, add comments (highlight a word, phrase, or paragraph to comment, or roll your cursor over the right margin of the doc “paper” to see a “+” pop up – click this + to add any comment you like). We are getting used to the technology, so don’t fret. Ask questions as we go. The best thing to do is jump in, and we can troubleshoot as we need to. We also have a Slack online workspace - join here: https://join.slack.com/t/seattlewriter-qbd3432/shared_invite/zt-ev0vdz5w-vPSpCC81atkNGzgtmDvuow And if you're able and willing to make a donation to the group (covers Meetup costs and admin), you can do that in several ways: 1. Through Meetup (they take a lil' off the top, but hey...) 2. Venmo: @MicheleCacanoLMT 3. CashApp: $MicheleCacano 4. PayPal: [masked] 5. Zelle (BECU): [masked] (or my phone number) 6. Snail Mail - email me for address Thanks! We looking forward to hearing what you've been working on! MORE ZOOM NUMBERS TO LOG IN: Join Zoom Meeting https://dyndrite.zoom.us/j/94287493295?pwd=SmM5R2pkdVhBNWpqWi9PcGxqU1Q1dz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,518290# US (Tacoma) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,518290# US (San Jose) Dial by your location [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Germantown) Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Find your local number: https://dyndrite.zoom.us/u/abUKNH3Qnh

2020 October 5th Zoom Meetup

Online event

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. We're online now! Until further notice, we are meeting on Zoom. The link is list under Location. Come join us with your work and let's share feedback. Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94287493295 Pass Code:[masked] HOW IT WORKS: Eric has set up a group file on Google Docs: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eUtX0XjtBhYNw5vpykSsRrk4cs0GDQ_f?usp=sharing Before the meetup (or when you arrive), you upload your doc to the folder: 1. Open the link, click “+ New” 2. Choose your file from your computer. (.rtf or .docx is best for all) 3. CHECK THE DROP-DOWN MENU at the arrow/edit on the end of the file name box and select “CAN COMMENT” (rather than Can Edit or Can View) 4. Click Done / OK SCHEDULE (Pacific PDT times): 6:15 Log-in and chat, sort out tech issues with Zoom and/or uploading files to Google Docs 6:30 Introductions 6:40ish Start readers – anyone that didn’t get a chance to read the previous week, then new list 8:00ish 10-15 minute break 8:15/25 Second set of randomly chosen readers. We still have some folks who log off earlier than others, so the last few readers can always choose the option of reading to those of us left or waiting to go first the next week. When a reader begins, you can download the file or open it in the Google Drive or Google Docs directly, to read along. This allows you to scroll at your own pace, add comments (highlight a word, phrase, or paragraph to comment, or roll your cursor over the right margin of the doc “paper” to see a “+” pop up – click this + to add any comment you like). We are getting used to the technology, so don’t fret. Ask questions as we go. The best thing to do is jump in, and we can troubleshoot as we need to. We also have a Slack online workspace - join here: https://join.slack.com/t/seattlewriter-qbd3432/shared_invite/zt-ev0vdz5w-vPSpCC81atkNGzgtmDvuow And if you're able and willing to make a donation to the group (covers Meetup costs and admin), you can do that in several ways: 1. Through Meetup (they take a lil' off the top, but hey...) 2. Venmo: @MicheleCacanoLMT 3. CashApp: $MicheleCacano 4. PayPal: [masked] 5. Zelle (BECU): [masked] (or my phone number) 6. Snail Mail - email me for address Thanks! We looking forward to hearing what you've been working on! MORE ZOOM NUMBERS TO LOG IN: Join Zoom Meeting https://dyndrite.zoom.us/j/94287493295?pwd=SmM5R2pkdVhBNWpqWi9PcGxqU1Q1dz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,518290# US (Tacoma) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,518290# US (San Jose) Dial by your location [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Germantown) Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Find your local number: https://dyndrite.zoom.us/u/abUKNH3Qnh

October 7th Long-form Review (Charlotte Wittenbrink)

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This manuscript will be available in early August, 2020. If you would like to read this, email Michele or let it be known - [masked] - for a copy of the ms. Come prepared to discuss the entire work (or the part you read). Notes and comments may also be emailed to Charlotte directly, or via Michele's email. This is in addition to attending the review, or lieu of attendance. TITLE: Thorn (w.t.) GENRE: Novel - Historical Gothic Fantasy LENGTH: 51,447 words SYNOPSIS: An ancient castle, a creeping darkness, a curse, and a baby born into the middle of it all. Told from the perspective of the people whose lives it affects. ANY SPECIFIC FEEDBACK REQUESTS: Are the characters compelling/interesting? would you recommend this as a read for a friend? anything else Trigger Warning: Violence, r*pe/coercion, abusive parental figure EVENT LINK: TBA

2020 October 12th Zoom Meetup

Online event

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. We're online now! Until further notice, we are meeting on Zoom. The link is list under Location. Come join us with your work and let's share feedback. Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/94287493295 Pass Code:[masked] HOW IT WORKS: Eric has set up a group file on Google Docs: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1eUtX0XjtBhYNw5vpykSsRrk4cs0GDQ_f?usp=sharing Before the meetup (or when you arrive), you upload your doc to the folder: 1. Open the link, click “+ New” 2. Choose your file from your computer. (.rtf or .docx is best for all) 3. CHECK THE DROP-DOWN MENU at the arrow/edit on the end of the file name box and select “CAN COMMENT” (rather than Can Edit or Can View) 4. Click Done / OK SCHEDULE (Pacific PDT times): 6:15 Log-in and chat, sort out tech issues with Zoom and/or uploading files to Google Docs 6:30 Introductions 6:40ish Start readers – anyone that didn’t get a chance to read the previous week, then new list 8:00ish 10-15 minute break 8:15/25 Second set of randomly chosen readers. We still have some folks who log off earlier than others, so the last few readers can always choose the option of reading to those of us left or waiting to go first the next week. When a reader begins, you can download the file or open it in the Google Drive or Google Docs directly, to read along. This allows you to scroll at your own pace, add comments (highlight a word, phrase, or paragraph to comment, or roll your cursor over the right margin of the doc “paper” to see a “+” pop up – click this + to add any comment you like). We are getting used to the technology, so don’t fret. Ask questions as we go. The best thing to do is jump in, and we can troubleshoot as we need to. We also have a Slack online workspace - join here: https://join.slack.com/t/seattlewriter-qbd3432/shared_invite/zt-ev0vdz5w-vPSpCC81atkNGzgtmDvuow And if you're able and willing to make a donation to the group (covers Meetup costs and admin), you can do that in several ways: 1. Through Meetup (they take a lil' off the top, but hey...) 2. Venmo: @MicheleCacanoLMT 3. CashApp: $MicheleCacano 4. PayPal: [masked] 5. Zelle (BECU): [masked] (or my phone number) 6. Snail Mail - email me for address Thanks! We looking forward to hearing what you've been working on! MORE ZOOM NUMBERS TO LOG IN: Join Zoom Meeting https://dyndrite.zoom.us/j/94287493295?pwd=SmM5R2pkdVhBNWpqWi9PcGxqU1Q1dz09 Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,518290# US (Tacoma) [masked],,[masked]#,,,,,,0#,,518290# US (San Jose) Dial by your location [masked] US (Tacoma) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (Germantown) Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked] Find your local number: https://dyndrite.zoom.us/u/abUKNH3Qnh

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2020 September 21st Zoom Meetup

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