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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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Marshall Public Library
Saturday, October 15, 2016

You pour your energy and soul into a story, wrestle night and day, agonizing over every page and word.  You have gone over your story so many times you are bored with it and no longer able able to  see your writing with fresh eyes, as a casual reader might.

The next step is to let someone else, another writer, editor, or friend give you their honest feedback .

On October 15th, JAMES NORRIS will lead our group in a workshop about “How to Give a Professional Critique”, and how to benefit from receiving one.

Join us to learn more about this valuable writing tool.

In the meantime, keep in touch by joining our Facebook OPEN FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/


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Marshall Public Library
Saturday, June 18, 2016, 3:30pm-5:30pm

We haven’t had any volunteers, suggestions or requests for a study topic at next Saturday’s meeting, so we will have an all-critique session for the entire two hours. Let James Norris know asap if you want to read. See you next Saturday.

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We had a very good meeting about blogging this month. Thanks, as always, to Charity Samora  for her excellent presentation on available sites, reasons to blog, and the do’s and don’ts of blogging.

Personally, I want to thank everybody for your help in critiquing my chapter. After several edits, a person becomes too close to their own writing. Your fresh eyes were invaluable in spotting weaknesses. Thanks a bunch.

After the meeting, Tammy Godfrey suggested we do a meeting about “Apps” that are helpful to writers, along with a study on how to link all of one’s platforms together (blog, Facebook, website, linkdin, etc.) I asked if Tammy could lead the group in such a session for our May 21st meeting, and she said yes. Looking forward to that.

Our critique coordinator is holding workshops on the first Saturday of each month now. If you want to prepare something for critique on May 7th, reply to James’ request for an RSVP later when he sends out meeting announcements. I highly recommend it.

– Sherrie Seibert Goff

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Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday, March 19, 2016,   3:30pm-5:30pm

At our meetings we always hear questions about ebooks and the self-publication methods used by some of our members. The internet has empowered authors with easy DIY methods never before available in history. So perhaps it is time to do a study session on the topic.

On March 19th, Sherrie Seibert Goff will give an updated overview of the various avenues available for self-publication, along with pros and cons. The success of one’s career is in our own hands now more than ever before. We hope that you will share your own experiences and knowledge about this subject during the discussion.

Second hour will be used for our usual critique session. Please email James Norris, our critique coordinator, by Wednesday Mar 16 at pocatellowriters@gmail.com to let him know that you’ll be attending and if you’ll have pages to share. He will email you back by Fri 18 March letting you know how many copies to bring based on attendance.

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