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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.

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.

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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:  Research by Reading – What Good Books Have You Read Lately?

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Research by Reading – What Books Have You Read Lately? Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… I just heard on the radio the average millionaire reads one non-fiction book a month.  I don’t know if there’s an equivalent amount of fiction being read by successful novelists, but we’ve often heard from various writers how often they read other works of fiction.  Known as “outside reading,” it’s a great way for novelists to not only avoid getting into ruts themselves, but also provide ideas for their own writing. This morning, for example, while reading a passage from Clive Cussler’s The Assassin, I thought we should take a break from Gerke’s book on characterization and do something different!  I found the way the author portrays one of the leading characters to be very appealing to […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 8b – Start the Inner Journey – Part II

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 8b – Start the Inner Journey – Part II Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Tonight we’ll continue learning why Gru is despicable, a villain who makes children cry!  We’ll see how something unexpected, possibly unimaginable, entered his life and sent him on a journey he never would have predicted. We’ll learn how to launch our hero on their compelling inner journey.  Homework:  Read Chapter 8 before arriving. Side Trails:  We may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: – The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer – […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 8 – Start the Inner Journey

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 8 – Start the Inner Journey Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… We’ll learn why Gru is despicable, a villain who makes children cry!  We’ll see how something unexpected, possibly unimaginable, entered his life and sent him on a journey he never would have predicted. We’ll learn how to launch our hero on their compelling inner journey.  Homework:  Read Chapter 8 before arriving. Side Trails:  We may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: – The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer – Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 7 – Establish Your Story World’s Normal

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 7 – Establish Your Story World’s Normal Bring a cup of joe, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Tonight, we’ll be learning how to create the initial background for your story. Homework:  None! Side Trails:  We may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: – The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer – Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg 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, […]

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Potluck Dinner and a Movie! Bring a DVD or BRD!

RSVP TO:  steve at cswriters.com, and if you have not yet received the address, please e-mail me!  Thanks! Dinner and a Movie Nights are always fun.  🙂  I’m hoping for some snowy cold so we can enjoy hot apple cider beside a nice, roaring fire! 5:30 pm:  Arrive 6:00 pm:  Eat…  Chili!  Erik’s bringing bread, Scotty’s bringing…  Scotty – what are you bringing?  And Jim is bringing something, as well.  It’s a potluck, so please bring something, too.  We need a fruit dish, perhaps cottage cheese – use your imagination. 7:00:  The Movie Begins!   Please bring 1 to 3 of your favorite movie(s) on DVDs or Blu-ray discs.  We’ll vote on them like we did last year. All sorts of options!

The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 6: The World Within 2

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 6:  The World Within 2 Grab a cup of Agia Sophia’s world class coffee, maybe a food from their menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. Tonight we’ll be covering Chapter 6 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People. Last week we finished Chapter 5, The World Within 1, where we learned how to motivate our characters by devising something that he or she must change in order to win happiness or avoid unpleasantness.  This week, we’ll learn how to keep our characters moving by pointing them towards their own private futures.  This requires us to identify and write of their direction, goal, drive, and attitude. I promised you I’d share with you the link to Dan Pink’s Drive, which explores Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose, illustrating what really motivates people both […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 5, Part 2

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 5, Part 2 Grab a cup of Agia Sophia’s world class coffee, maybe a food from their menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. Tonight we’ll be covering the second half of Chapter 5 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People. Join us this evening as we learn more about Dwight Swain’s masterful techniques. Rabid Trails:  I may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 6 – Establish Your Hero’s Normal

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 6 – Establish Your Hero’s Normal Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… Last Friday we covered Swain’s Creating Characters, reviewing how important it is to craft our characters’ labels as they’re introduced. Tonight, we’ll be learning how to establish your hero’s normal, what your character is like as the story begins.  We know it’s important, as it’s an oft-repeated theme in CSWriters, especially from Vogler’s circle.  But how do we do that?  Come join us as we explore the details that will cement the hero’s normal in the minds of your readers, how to make them actually feel it in their gut instead of merely in their mind’s eye. Homework:  None! Side Trails:  We may also be reading […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 5

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 5:   Grab a cup of Agia Sophia’s world class coffee, maybe a food from their menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones. Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 5 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People. Join us this evening as we learn more about Dwight Swain’s masterful techniques. Rabid Trails:  I may also be reading short excerpts from two others books, but there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering about 2% of either of them each week.  However, in case you’re wondering, they are: The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists:  Insider Secrets from Top Writers by Andrew McAleer Writing Down the Bones:  Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg 7:30 – 9:00:  Tre Critique Tre Critique is  three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative […]

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CSWriters’ November Write-In! Just a Bunch of Writers, NaNoWriMo, Critiques, and more!

6:00 – 9:00:  Whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo, need another weekly Critique, or just want to hang out and work on your novel… Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate from Agia Sophia’s enjoyable menu, sit back, and relax. Catch up with old friends. Make some new ones.  Then… November Write-In!  It doesn’t matter whether you just want to come write in the company of others, participate in NaNoWriMo, share in Critiques, or some combination of the above — Everyone is welcome! For more information, please see our CSWriters and NaNoWriMo page. 6:30 – 8:00:  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 […]