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CHECK YOUR FIRST-PAGE APPEAL
Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
July 15, 2017, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Cris Cole had a great idea about critiquing one another’s First Page openings on our facebook group forum – but then others felt hesitant about posting their work online for various reasons.

So, how about we dedicate our July 15th meeting to first page feedback? Everyone please bring an opening scene of something you have written, and we will go around the room orally expressing our reactions as beta readers. In the interest of time, we won’t do extensive written editing on the handouts – just simply offer our verbal reaction as casual readers.

Please try to bring something short to read. Keep it down to a page (or one and a half pages at most, in case you need to leave off at a better stopping point). It can be either fiction or nonfiction. If you have nothing to read right now, no problem; just attend and offer your friendly company and valuable feedback to others.

Things to think about: Were you hooked or intrigued right away? If you were browsing in a bookstore, would you continue reading after glancing at the first page? Were you right away oriented as to the scene, the main character and their dilemma? Too much detail? Not enough tension ? Did you want to turn the page and continue reading? Would you buy this book?

Happy Independence Day, everybody!
See you in a couple of weeks.

In the meantime, keep in touch by joining our Facebook OPEN FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pocatellowriters/

 

Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
June 17, 2017, 3:30pm-5:30pm

In response to a new member’s inquiry, we will dedicate our mid-June writer’s meeting to a short overview on handling narrative Points of View.

POV problems are among the top mistakes inexperienced writers make, and if you get it wrong, you can erode credibility, fracture the reader’s suspension of disbelief and damage your entire story.

Sherrie Seibert Goff will lead the discussion on POV, leaving time for attendees to participate in two critique sessions. Chris Cole and Jean Cunningham (Ren) have requested critiques from the group, so the spots are filled already.

Chris and Jean are relatively new to the group, so please come and give them some reader feedback, as well as a fellow writer’s friendly advice on their efforts.

Until then, keep in touch by joining our Facebook OPEN FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pocatellowriters/

 

We don’t have a study topic for May, so will use this third-Saturday meeting for all critiques instead.  You can also attend our first-Saturday Critique workshops, same time and place.

QUERY LETTERS
Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
April 15, 2017, 3:30pm-5:30pm

At our writers’ meeting this coming Saturday, Charity Samora will give us a refresher course on how to write a good query letter to an agent or publisher.

The query letter is meant to elicit an invitation to send sample chapters or even your whole manuscript. The goal is to get them to read your book.

So, join us to make sure that you are using the format and content expected by professionals.

In the meantime, keep in touch via our online open forum at https://www.facebook.com/groups/pocatellowriters/.

Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday, March 18, 2017, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Sherrie Seibert Goff will lead our March meeting on the topic of writing powerful dialogue. Effective dialogue moves the plot forward, conveys information, creates tension, deepens characterization, creates immediacy and stirs reader empathy.
We will talk about various techniques to improve one’s writing of dialogue, as well as dialogue’s many roles in writing good fiction. Please join us at the Marshall Public Library to pick up a few pointers and lend your own ideas and expertise to the discussion.

In the meantime, hang out with a few of us in our Facebook OPEN FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597.

Marshall Public Library
Saturday,  Feb 18, 2017,  3:30pm-5:30pm

This coming Saturday, Charity Henson Samora will continue with our study session on CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.  Come and pick up a few pointers on how to improve your story with realistic and memorable characters. Bring your ideas and expertise as well. Hope to see you all there.

Note: We may not have time for a critique in second hour, but please attend our first-Saturday critique workshop on March 4th, same time, same place.
In the meantime, join us on our Facebook group forum at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597.

 

 

 

Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday, Jan 21, 2017 3:30pm-5:30pm

Next Saturday, Sherrie Seibert Goff will give an overview on how to WRITE A STRONG SYNOPSIS.

The synopsis is the most important part of your submission package. Along with the cover letter, the synopsis is what sells the agent or acquisitions editor on the manuscript. If they don’t see anything they like in the synopsis, they won’t even glance at your chapter samples.

Come and pick up a few pointers and lend your own ideas and expertise to the discussion. Hope to see you all there.