November 14, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Minerva Free Library Upstairs
Julia Casselman

Writers’ Group

For the Love of Writing

Purpose: to write, of course. But there are benefits to being part of a writers’ group. 1) You realize you are not alone. 2) It drives you to work harder and actually complete/publish your work. 3) You see your work through the eyes of a reader. 4) You learn from others’ experiences. 5) You learn to endure and give [gentle] critique. But most importantly, our purpose is the HAVE FUN with something we enjoy.

When: Monday, November 14, 1-3 pm.

Where: Minerva Library upstairs meeting room.

Structure of group meetings: 2 hrs in length, 30 minutes writing and preparation, 30-60 minutes collaboration, the remaining time for new planning/writing.

Collaboration – this is hugely important to understand

  •  Everyone shares what they are working on, what’s going well and frustrations they are having. This is the place for general questions about writing, how others have tackled similar issues.
  • If you want someone to look at your work, this will happen after group sharing.
      • Be specific. What specifically do you want your peer to be looking for?
    • You must have tough skin – do not take offense (Writing is highly personal; a writer pours themselves into the writing. It is their baby, and they love it [or at least their idea] even though it is not fully mature. Don’t ask for feedback if you’re not looking for ways to improve.). We want this to be a safe place for writers, but we also want it to be real and of value for our writing.
    • You may ask about specific grammar and mechanical items in the writing, and we can share what we see, but we are not editors.
    • Have copies (2-4).
  • When giving feedback, be honest, but gentle and constructive
    • First, name two things you find that they are doing well or that you like
    • Focus feedback for improvement on what the writer is asking for
    •  If you are quite confident you are aware of something that was not asked for in making improvements, you may offer this as a question: i.e. “Is this a typical action for this character, or do you want the reader to notice a change?” Or “How does this relate to your topic? I must have missed it?” Questions like this help a writer know where they need to clarify or further develop an idea.

For additional details contact Julia Casselman at gmajuls@gmail.com


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