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Sorry, but the Saturday writers meeting has been cancelled due to low attendance.

It looks like everybody is busy, busy this weekend. Part of it may be due to family stuff and the Riverfest, the Ice Cream Zoofari, and preparations for eclipse viewing on Monday.

The critique group on Sept 2nd may not be a go either, Labor Day being a long holiday weekend.

We will definitely get together September 16th. I think Russell Pike has something interesting for that meeting, and Chris Cole wants to share some of his work in progress.

Keep in touch via our Facebook group forum at https://facebook.com/groups/pocatello writers/.

Marshall Public Library
August 19, 2017   3:30pm-5:30pm

Our August mid-month writers’ meeting will be used for critiques only.  If you need feedback on your WIP,  send an email to pocatellowriters@gmail.com to reserve a reading spot.

We ask all attendees to RSVP this time, so that we can tell the readers how many copies they have to make.  Respond via email by Thursday noon if you plan to attend, and let us know if you will bring something to read.

To give everyone a chance, keep readings as short as possible,  maximum 10 pages double-spaced.

Happy writing.

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.