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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.

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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.

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 12 – How do you describe a character effectively?

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 12 – How do you describe a character effectively?   Significant specifics lead readers to feel the way you want them to feel.  Sometimes those involve outward appearances, whether of the character themselves, what they’re wearing, what they drive, their line of work, neighborhood, or home.  Other times, those specifics involve internal sources manifesting themselves by outward behaviors, choices, perspectives. As writers, we need to remember that our readers read to feel.  They want us to connect with them on an emotional level! 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 writing will improve at a rapid pace and reach high quality in the shortest possible time.  Variations resulting from […]

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NO MEETING TONIGHT: Pikes Peak Writers Conference

Due to many of our members being interested in attending the Pikes Peak Writers Conference, we will meet again next week, Friday May 4th. See you then!

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 11 – The Light Touch

I apologize for the late posting:  I thought I’d already posted this and the remainder of Swain’s chapters.  My bad!  See you tonight. 6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 11 – The Light Touch – How Do You Make a Character Amusing? Humor is a difficult task for most of us.  Even so, we certainly understand humor.  We laugh, don’t we?  In fact, we may understand more about humor than we realize, for if we can make ourselves laugh, we can sure make others find amusement and surprise in our stories. Tonight we’ll investigate Swain’s tips for how to trigger reader assumptions with surprise. 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 […]

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 – The Role of Roles

Update:  As we have eight more chapters to go and I’d like to finish Swain’s Creating Characters before the end of May, please read Chapter 9’s Wild Cards on your own before Friday.  We’ll spending the first 15-20 minutes beginning at 6 pm covering “what goes into building an offbeat character” before moving on to Chapter 10. 6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 10 – The Role of Roles – How Do You Treat a Hero? We would all like to create the perfect hero, one that’s enjoyable to write and memorable to our fans forever!  However, we writers sometimes forget that we’re writing stories, works of fiction, novels, even — all of which must encompass much more than our heroes.  We also forget that a hero can be completely different than what we’re used to seeing. A hero can be many things, but in all their […]

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The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters – Ch 9

UPDATE from Steve:  Neither I, Scotty, Jim, nor Erik will be able to be there tonight and lead the meeting.  Between that and at least one of the weather stations calling from 2″-4″ of snow this evening, I thought it best to cancel tonight’s meeting.  Please read, think on, ponder, mull over, and digest Chapter 9 on your own.  Pass the salt, please. 🙂 We will all be back next Friday, and with better weather, so see you then.  In the meantime, have a great night off! – Steve                         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. […]

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

UPDATE:  My son has the flu, so Gabrielle graciously offered to host the event at her place.  See below for details. 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…  Pasta! 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… Venue:  It’s at Gabrielle’s.  Please see details, below.

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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 […]