Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday September 17, 3:30pm-5:30pm

Next Saturday, Ella E. Barnard, a creativity coach from Rockland, will do a presentation about self-publishing on Amazon for our writers’ group. Some questions she may cover are:

* Why do you write?
* What are your biggest worries or fears around writing?
* What is your writing goal for 2016?
* What are your biggest worries about self-publishing?

Please do join us, everybody. This Saturday will be an informative get-together, and we would love to see you all again.

We won’t have time for readings or critiques at this meeting. If you want to share your work with the writers’ group, join us for our full two-hour critique workshops that are held on the first Saturday of each month, same time same place.

Keep in touch by joining our Facebook Open Forum at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/.

Marshall Public  Library
Saturday August 20

Tammy Godfrey will lead a workshop on WHY YOU NEED CONFLICT.  She says:

“A story conflict is a problem facing the main character. This problem might be a romantic rival or a horde of attacking zombies. It might be an internal struggle; for example, the character has to overcome a particular fear or a bad habit.  Conflict is important because it makes things happen. If everything in your character’s life is perfect, there is no reason for her to take action.  There is no reason for anything to change. And no change equals no story.”

This Saturday will be a two-hour workshop, so we won’t have time for any readings or critiques.  (Next critique session will be on September 3rd, if we can work it in so near the holiday.)

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

Our meeting today was a lot of fun. Thank you, Tammy. Got to meet three new faces today, as well.  We asked Tammy to continue her lessons for the next two months, so we won’t have time for critiques at next two 3rd Saturday meetings. As it was, they had to kick us out of the library.

For the time being, 1st Saturday meetings will be all for Critiques, and 3rd Saturdays will be for two full hours of Workshop, Study Sessions or How-to stuff.   Announcement reminders will be sent out a week ahead of time.

In the meantime keep in touch or hang out with us at our Facebook GROUP FORUM at https://www.facebook.com/groups/250065325099597/

Please join us this Saturday July 16th at 3:30pm at the Marshall Public Library for our monthly writers meeting. Tammy Godfrey has offered to lead us in a 2-hour workshop on CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. This is the first of a 3-part lesson she has taught at writers conventions.

Tammy says that three important elements a story needs are character, a setting, and conflict. Our workshop Saturday will cover the first element, which is character. (Perhaps we can get Tammy to do the other two lessons at future meetings.)

Anyhow, we expect the study session will take the full 2 hours, so we will have no time for readings or critiques this time. (Sorry, to anyone hoping to read. Next critique workshop will be August 6th.)  Looking forward to Tammy’s presentation, and to seeing you all at the meeting. – Sherrie



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.

Pocatello Writers Meeting
Marshall Public Library
Saturday, May 21, 2016,  3:30pm-5:30pm

This coming Saturday, TAMMY GODFREY will lead our meeting with a study topic about “Apps for Writers” and how to link together one’s blog, website, publisher, and Amazon sales to build a writer’s platform for your work.

We also have time for one or two critiques. Please let James Norris know if you would like to read.

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