What we're about

The Writers of the Weird is the author group of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County. Its focus is the craft and business of fiction writing in the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Script writing, comic book writing, and poetry lie outside the purview of WOTW as these areas of writing have their own specialized criteria.

The Writers of the Weird supports the work of its members by organizing critique sessions, scheduling talks by authors and other experts in publishing and related fields, sharing news and information of interest to its members, organizing discussions and presentations, and promoting the work of its members.

CRITIQUE SESSIONS

All critique sessions have been moved online to zoom due to the covid pandemic. We plan to return the Sunday session to a live format when it is safe to do so. Online critiques are capped at 10 participants.

WOTW critique sessions operate differently than most groups. The stories are read aloud by someone who is not the author. This is a cold read. Participants offer a first-impression reaction, not a deeply-pondered analysis. It is a format we find useful, but it is not everyone's cup of tea.

We currently run four critique sessions each month. As of February 1, 2021 we have closed the Monday and Tuesday Night Sessions to newcomers because of the high demand. The Thursday and Friday night sessions still accept new members.

First Thursday Critique Session from 7:30 - 8:30 PM. This is moderated by Matt McHugh and generally workshops one piece.

Third Monday Critique Session from 7:30 - 9:00 PM. This is moderated by Carol Gyzader and workshops longer (to 5K / 20 standard mss pages) works.

Third Friday Critique Session from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. This is moderated by Philip De Parto and workshops 2 - 3 pieces.

Fourth Sunday Critique Session for 4:00 - 6:00 PM. This is moderated by A J Bartholomew and workshops 2 - 3 pieces.

DISCUSSIONS

The Writers' Space Saloon is held from 1:00 - 2:00 PM on the first Wednesday of the month. Most discussions are led by members with an expertise of interest to the group. Sometimes we bring in someone from outside WOTW. Recent (2020) discussions / talks / demos have included Mapmaking Programs, Psycho-Linguistics, and Fencing / Sword-Fighting.

Our in-person Writers' Space Salon, held before the General Meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County, is on hiatus until the meetings resume as live events.

TALKS BY WRITERS AND OTHER PEOPLE OF INTEREST

The General Meeting of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County, the parent organization of Writers of the Weird, is held on the second Saturday of the month. These meetings feature talks by writers and other experts in the field. They had been held at 8:00 PM as live gatherings for many years before the pandemic. They now run from 7:30 - 9:30 PM as zoom video conferences.

WRITERS OF THE WEIRD FACEBOOK GROUP

Tips for Writers and news about our authors appear on the Writers of the Weird FaceBook Group here:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/473531096175449

Anyone can view the material, but posting privileges are restricted to members of the SFABC / WOTW who have paid the $ 10.00 Annual Membership Fee.

WRITERS OF THE WEIRD PUBLIC WEBSITE

Information about the Writers of the Weird can be found on its public website, Here are some highlights.

WOTW Home Page:

https://sites.google.com/view/thewritersoftheweird-home

Books written by our members appear here:

https://sites.google.com/view/writersoftheweird-whatwewrite/home/books-by-members

A list of our members appears here:

https://sites.google.com/view/writers-of-the-weird-who-we-ar/home/member-pages-links

WRITERS OF THE WEIRD GOOGLE GROUP

This is a Private Group restricted to members of WOTW which shares news and information.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

One becomes a member of the Writers of the Weird by joining the Science Fiction Association. The Association sponsors book groups, movie nights, astronomy programs, and other activities in addition to the WOTW events.

The Association also creates custom events for the Writers of the Weird from time to time.

PARTICIPATION NOTE:

We expect members of this group to be active participants. If you do not attend our critique sessions, general meetings, talks, or other events you will be removed from the group after three months of non-participation. An exception is made for active members of the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County who may be supporting the parent organization in some other capacity.

Upcoming events (4+)

Writers' Friday Zoom - Two Story Session

Online event

This zoom critique session is moderated by Philip De Parto and held on the third Friday of the month.
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Each session will workshop two pieces. One will be a story by Phil. The second will be from someone else in the group.
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Stories are given a cold read by someone other than the author. Works should generally be limited to 3000 words / 12 standard pages. It is possible we can stretch this, but contact Phil ahead of time.
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The zoom link is sent by email. If you are new and we do not have your email address, you will not be able to attend. If this applies to you, contact Phil De Parto at SFABCPhilmu (at) gmail.com with your address.

Writers' Sunday Critique - AJ & Carol's Zoom Session

Online event

THIS EVENT IS CLOSED TO NEWCOMERS. WE HAVE A BACKLOG OF STORIES FOR CRITIQUE. WE HOPE TO REOPEN THE GROUP AT A LATER TIME. DUES-PAYING MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION MAY CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE, AS MAY ANYONE WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED A MONDAY NIGHT OR SUNDAY AFTERNOON CRITIQUE SESSION.
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A J Bartholomew will moderate with Carol Gyzander handling the technical end of things. Click GOING if you plan to attend. The session will run 2 hours and cover 2 - 3 longer works. Please contact AJ / Carol so we can send your work to the others in the video conference.
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NOTE: We limit this session to ten people. If you click GOING and do not show, you will be depriving someone else the opportunity to participate. If you marked that you were GOING and your plans fall through at the last minute, please notify Carol and Phil.
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Anyone with stories scheduled for critique should get the story to Carol by Friday.

Writers of the Weird In-Person Critique Session

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This session will be at the home of Phil and Pam in Waldwick, New Jersey. We will be in the basement so walk around the back.
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We are limiting this gathering to ten people. Therefore you must pre-register to attend. Contact Phil De Parto at SFABCPhilmu (at) gmail.com if he does not already have your contact information.

Writers' Space Saloon - One App to Rule Them All - Scrintal

Online event

Hank Quense will give a demo about Scrintal, an integrated hybrid app which handles mind-mapping and note-taking for writers. Here is the Scrinal website: https://www.scrintal.com/.

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The link to this presentation will be emailed to those who register as Going. Contact Phil De Parto at SFABCPhilmu (at) gmail.com with your email address if he does not already have it.

Past events (105)

Writers' Monday Zoom Critique - One Longer Story

Online event

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