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SPECIAL CRITIQUE WORKSHOP
Marshall Public Library
December 16, 2017 3:30pm-5:30pm

We don’t have a study topic, so our December mid-month writers’ meeting will be used for critiques. If you need feedback on your back cover copy, your first page appeal, or a scene or chapter from your work in progress, reply to this email to reserve a reading spot. To give everyone a chance, keep readings as short as possible, maximum 10 pages double-spaced.

If you plan to attend, whether to read or just offer your friendly company and expertise, please REPLY TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT EMAIL by 8pm Thursday 12/14, so we can tell readers how many copies they have to make.

In the meantime, keep in touch by joining our Facebook Open Forum at http://www.facebook.com/groups/pocatellowriters/.

Happy Holidays!

 

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CHECK YOUR BACK-COVER APPEAL
Marshall Public Library
November 18, 2017 3:30pm-5:30pm

If you are struggling to hone a good Back Cover for your book, or a Book Description for your e-publisher, or a brief description for Amazon, or a writeup to put on your website, come and run it by colleagues at Pocatello Writers. We can read with fresh eyes, give you our honest reactions, offer any suggestions for improvement, or maybe just confirm that you are spot on.

Everyone, please bring to the meeting a one-page writeup (about 12 copies) of what you envision using on your book(s), and we can go around the room expressing our reactions as casual readers, as well as knowledgeable writers. If you have nothing to read right now, no problem; just attend and offer your friendly company and valuable feedback to others.

Consider that these are the most important two paragraphs (150–200 words) of your entire novel. When we are charmed by a book title or cover picture, most of us turn the book over to glance at the back. If the cover copy is well written, we may buy the book outright. If the description disappoints in any way, most of us will set it back on the shelf, especially if we live on a budget. If we are still intrigued, but the cover doesn’t give enough information, some of us might open the book and read the first page before deciding, but don’t count on it. That is how important cover copy really is.

Think of the Cover Copy as a movie trailer or commercial— provide highlights, tease your audience, but don’t get bogged down in plot details, and don’t give away the ending. End your description on an intriguing question or a point of tension, something that will hook the reader on the premise or the character’s central dilemma. Does it promise a rousing good tale and make you want to take the book home?

More tips: Break up the copy into paragraphs; one long paragraph is very difficult to read. Write in present tense. If you mention your book’s title, set it in italics. If you have advance praise, you can include a blurb excerpt from the person who gave you the endorsement. If you need examples or ideas, look up books that compare with yours and read the descriptions online or in your local bookstore.

The Author Bio is an additional 50 words that accompany your photo and consist of three key elements: First, tell why you are qualified to write the book. (Are you an expert in this field? What unique insights or experience do you have that give your book credibility?) Second, write a sentence that moves from qualifications to something personal that relates to the book (your hobby, interest, or vast collection of something). Last, add the state or country where you live and a word about your personal life.

If you don’t already have yours done, write up a couple paragraphs by meeting time, and let us help you polish it. See you in a couple of weeks.

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SPECIAL CRITIQUE WORKSHOP
Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
October 21, 2017 3:30pm-5:30pm

We don’t have a study topic, so our October mid-month writers’ meeting will be used for critiques only. If you need feedback on your WIP, respond to this email to reserve a reading spot.

We ask attendees to RSVP this time, so that we can tell the readers how many copies they have to make.

Reply to this email/post 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!

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

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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.

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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/

 

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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.

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Dec 17th Meeting

Happy Holidays to all of our busy writers! Just a reminder to let you know that we will NOT have a regular meeting next week Dec 17th, because that weekend is so close to Christmas and folks will be busy with last minute shopping and family stuff.

However, should any of you who participate in critique sessions want to get together, the room is available, same-time, same-place. Get the room key from the front desk. Maybe coordinate with critique leader James Norris.

In the meantime, meet some of our members online at our Facebook OPEN FORUM. Click on this link to find us. https://facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/ We’d love to have you visit or join us online.

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