What we’re about
The purpose of the Cincinnati Fiction Writers group is to bring together individuals who want to strengthen their writing with the goal of publishing. Whether you are already published, currently working on a novel or short story, or would like to get to work, there is a seat for you at our table. You are welcome to join us in this journey.
We meet for online critique sessions on the first and third Mondays each month. We meet in person for social sessions on the second and fourth Mondays. Attendance is fluid; come when you can. Fifth Mondays are a wild card.
Each critique meeting we look at up to two (2) writers' work. We prefer unpublished material that you are preparing for publication. We'll read ten (10) pages, double-spaced, aloud, and then discuss. The focus of critique is to improve the writing. Make it stronger. You will encounter writing that is not your genre, but we have found this sharpens your awareness of what works and what does not. Writing fiction is a craft you must work on.
Before submitting for critique we highly encourage new members to learn how the process works in order to get the most from it.
Those chosen to present send their pages to the organizer approximately one week ahead of time for preparation. No one is required to present or to participate in discussion. It's OK to just come and listen. Really, that's totally okay. We look forward to meeting you.
There are no dues or fees, but, since Meetup is not free, you can help defray our costs by pledging a few dollars. Not required. Always appreciated.
We have only a few rules, but they include respect and kindness and constructive discussions. Note: We generally only promote books on the Meetup site that we workshop in the group. Unsolicited promotion is thus not cool. Our group is focused on turning works-in-progress into finished products. If you're looking to sell us your book, then we probably aren't the right group for you. If you're looking for an honest group of like-minded folks, then we might be the right group. Only you can decide.
Upcoming events (1)See all
- The Gemini 7 Critique MeetingLink visible for attendees
The launch of Gemini 7 on December 4th, 1965 was the twelfth crewed American spaceflight. Astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell spent nearly 14 days orbiting the Earth, which included the first crewed "space rendezvous" with Gemini 6A.
Wild stuff, eh? Let us gather in celebration of the daring and imagination inherent in space exploration.
We shall meet for critique on the evening of Monday, December 4th.
Both critique slots have been claimed at this time. We have submissions from Jeremy and Miriam to evaluate.
If you'd like to have your own fiction critiqued at a future meeting, AND you have attended at least one critique night already, then you may secure a future critique slot for 10 double-spaced pages (12 pt. Times New Roman) of your new or recently-edited fiction, which needs constructive feedback, by sending a PM to one of our CFW admins here at our Meetup page, or at our private Facebook group.
All others, we ask you to please attend and lend your ears and voice to the discussions. If you plan to attend: RSVP (very important!), Attend (very important), Hear the Pages, Share your Thoughts, and Help your fellow Writers. All of these too: very important !!!
See you all then! Long Live Critique !!!
P.S. We have no dues or fees, but we do have expenses. Thanks to your generous support we are good for 2023. We will refresh our fundraising in 2024 to cover Meetup, etc. etc. Thanks!