Minutes from March 4, 2019 Meeting

Yesterday we wrapped up our workshop from last week and did a little brainstorming with the writers. Afterward we talked about the four basic types of writing: expository, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive writing. The first three types are crucial elements of fiction writing, and exposition was a frequent topic in this workshop—some of our stories could have benefited from a little more of it, others from a little less or some fine-tuning of what was there. It’s not always easy to tell when you need more exposition to fuel your story and when your exposition is bogging everything down. There … Continue reading Minutes from March 4, 2019 Meeting

Minutes from February 25, 2019 Meeting

This week’s meeting was our first workshop session. There wasn’t enough time to cover all the stories in an hour, so we’ll be extending the workshop to next week to fit in the last couple stories. The love story challenge proved pretty versatile; the stories were varied in tone and each one seemed to take the theme in an entirely different direction from the last. It was wonderful to have a chance to bring so many different writing voices together for each piece. We did a bit of brainstorming with the writer of each story discussed, and the writers had … Continue reading Minutes from February 25, 2019 Meeting

Minutes from February 19, 2019 Meeting

On Tuesday we discussed the format for next week’s workshop and had a brief brainstorming session with one of our writers, who’s struggling to develop an antagonist. The handout on how to workshop can be found here. We’ll likely need to split the workshop into two meetings to have time to address each story thoroughly. (Thomasa will be up first so those new to the process can get a little practice critiquing someone who’s done this before and has a thicker skin. Heather’s called dibs on going last. The rest of the order can be decided the day of the … Continue reading Minutes from February 19, 2019 Meeting

The Workshop

Why: Writing happens in a bubble, but if you want your writing to improve, it can’t stay there. In a few short months we’ve seen how talking about our writing in a group has inspired us to write more, to push our limits, and to think critically about our writing. But because writing is so personal, it’s impossible to be completely objective about our own work. Sharing your work with other writers and being open to their feedback can make a huge difference in the quality of your writing. The format: The writer receiving feedback does not speak. Readers take … Continue reading The Workshop

Minutes from February 11, 2019 Meeting

This week’s meeting focused on the query letter. The topic can be a little mystifying, but Thomasa’s been querying her novels for a while now and was able to break down the process for us: its importance if you’ve chosen the traditional publishing route, how to research and choose agents who are both trustworthy and a good fit for your work, how to write a query letter, and how to approach a contract once your letter is successful. You can get the handout from the meeting here. It includes a formatting guide and a sample query letter broken down and … Continue reading Minutes from February 11, 2019 Meeting

Minutes from February 4, 2019 Meeting

Yesterday we talked about our writing goals: what we’re looking forward to accomplishing this year, what we’re doing to stay on track, and whether we’ve had to reexamine our goals. Last semester’s character talks have inspired us to really focus on character development in all of our projects, as well as finishing projects rather than simply focusing on word counts, and we’re looking forward to more inspiring craft talks and opportunities to experiment with new forms and genres in the months to come. Thomasa recommends Pinterest for storyboarding your projects, which helps if you don’t have space for a corkboard … Continue reading Minutes from February 4, 2019 Meeting