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

This Saturday, Bret Wilson will lead the group in a study session on how to handle DESCRIPTION in fiction writing.

Exhaustive research of the tale’s setting is essential in building a realistic world for your characters to live and move about in. Also, employing the five senses will bring your story to vivid life.

However, selection of what to include, and when or how, must be handled skillfully to keep from slowing down the action.

Come and pick up a few pointers from Bret on how to improve your story with description. Bring your ideas and expertise as well. Hope to see you all there.

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

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/


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.