How Our Meetings Work
Attendance at our meetings varies from five to fourteen writers, depending on the season. You don’t have to read at every meeting. Many of our members read only occasionally but attend to take part in the critiquing.
During the meetings, we sit in a circle where writers take turns reading one piece of prose or poetry to the group. Once a writer has finished reading, the other writers in the room take turns in offering comments, criticism, and suggestions for improvement. Please do not argue with what others say about your work. You are free to ignore criticism, although most of us find it very helpful in improving what we write.
If you don’t wish to comment on another person’s writing, you can simply say, “I pass” and we will move on to other members of the group.
In every meeting, writers of prose fiction read their piece once, while poets read their piece twice.
We operate on a first-come basis. If you wish to read, please arrive five or ten minutes before the meeting start-time of 7:00 p.m. This will ensure that your place on the list of readers is secured. If we run out of time before you have a chance to read, we will hold you over until the next meeting where you’ll be given priority.