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About Us

CSWriters is unlike any other writing group in the Springs. We're a serious, yet fun group of writers who approach our craft with expert resources and weekly manuscript critiques.

Relaxing Atmosphere

We meet weekly, working together in a relaxed atmosphere of friends, fellow writers, cozy rooms, and the world's best coffee.

Our Mission

We work together to help everyone one of us perfect our writing craft, with the ultimate goal of successfully publishing our work. After all, we're aspiring authors, too!

We're Professionals

Our team of published writers begin each meeting with a guided discussion on key topics, and end with small group critique sessions designed to hone our writing skills.

Membership

Our modest $12 annual fee covers the cost of this website and hosting the group on Meetup. If you'd like to join us, please use the link in the upper right-hand corner of the page. We hope to see you at a meeting soon!

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 10 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group. Please review this link for details. See you there!

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 9

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 9 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 9 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group. Please review this link for details. See you there!

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Dinner and a Movie Night – SPRING CLEANING (it’s my excuse, not a movie title)

SPRING CLEANING – Great excuse for another Dinner and a Movie Night!  Or is it the other way around? 5:30 pm:  Arrive 6:00 pm:  Eat…  Spaghetti Bolognesa!  Steve has that covered.  🙂 We need volunteers for the following items: Salad Garlic bread Vegetable dish; Something cooked is preferred over a vegetable tray.  Could be green beans, potatoes au gratin, etc. Dessert 7:00:  The Movie Begins! 10:00:  The movie should have ended by now… 11:00:  People are welcome to stay and chat.  🙂 Venue:  To Be Determined.  If you would like to host this event, please let me know at one of our meetings, and thank you.  🙂

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 8

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 8 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 8 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group. Please review this link for details. See you there!

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 7

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 7 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It’s time to return to Swain and continue where we left off in December! Homework:  Read Chapter 7 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group. Please review this link for details. See you there!

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 14 – Conclusion aka The End aka Really, the Beginning

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 14 – Conclusion aka The End aka Really, the Beginning Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… It only took us 228 pages to learn about The First 50 Pages.  Clearly, learning about The Craft entails more than meets the eye!  There’s a great deal going on behind the scenes of a good book.  Once you’ve mastered that and a good deal of experience later, great books will be soon be on your horizon! It’s time to be bold.  Let’s recap, discover what’s next, and move on! Homework:  Read Chapter 14 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 13 – Pages 2 to 50

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 13 – Pages 2 to 50 Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… “It’s dizzying, isn’t it, how much your first fifty pages will accomplish.  Hopefully you’re not thinking, ‘I understood all this … until you explained it.’  You’ve learned the equivalent of a college course’s worth of material on this subject.  Indeed, you’re now as much an expert on how to begin a novel as just about anyone else.“ But we’re not quite there, yet!  The next 49 pages are as much about what not to do as they are about what we should do.  Come join us as we learn how to balance our content. Homework:  Read Chapter 13 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic […]

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The Craft: The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 12 – The First Page

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 12 – The First Page Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… “It’s a lot easier to come up with a great first line and first page than it is to fix a beginning that is structured wrong or fails to accomplish the tasks it should.  Better to get the main things right and then come back and find the ideal way to begin that.“ From the first word to the first line, the first page, and all that follows.  Tonight we’ll learn how to make it flow. Homework:  Read Chapter 12 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your […]

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The Craft: The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 11 – A One-Act Play

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 11 – A One-Act Play Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… “Writing a novel is a large project.  And while there is great benefit to sitting down and writing right when inspiration strikes, most often a novel written completely by the seat of your pants ends up a sprawling mess that neither you nor your reader can navigate.  The solution isn’t to discourage those times when the muse moves you, but to channel them along paths already charted out.“ Tonight:  The Three-Act Structure like you’ve never seen it before. Homework:  Read Chapter 11 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality […]

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The Craft: The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 10 – Another Fine Mess!

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 10 – Another Fine Mess! Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… What makes for a good story?  Tonight, we’re going to find out! Homework:  Read Chapter 10 before arriving. 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  By both giving and receiving two critiques each week, the quality of your writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from uneven groups include two and four members in a critique group. Please review this link for details. See you there!