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The Craft: Part 1 of 2: GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit
May 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Please note the slight time change, arrive at 6 pm, and be ready to roll into our study by 6:15!
6:00 – 6:15: Social
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.
6:15 – 7:30: The Craft: Part 1 of 2: GWW Ch 11 – The Business of Writing: Driving Yourself Nuts for Fun and Profit
Tonight we’re wrapping things up with the last chapter of our text: Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Writing Fiction.
“The writing life. Why do so many crave it? Few professions hold the degree of uncertainty that writers endure. The emotional and financial ups and downs are extreme. Nevertheless, I’ve yet to go to a party where nine out of ten people — successful, rational people — don’t want to be writers.
“If you’re reading this, then I assume you crave it too.”
Join us as we explore The Holy Grail of Publication, examine writing as The Product, formulating a Query Letter, the significance of The Slush Pile, why you should ALWAYS submit several short stories to magazines, how to deal with Book Publishers, the nature of Agents, how to submit your work to Agents, how to spot non-legitimate agents, dealing with responses and rejection, the ins and outs of Contracts, what you need to do after you sign a Book Deal, Self-Publishing, Competitions… Whew! If we don’t have time for all of this, we’ll continue it next week! …Competitions, Grants, and Awards, the Writing Community, and finally, on Being a Writer.
Homework: Look through the chapter, complete one of the Your Turn sections, and bring that with you to our meeting this Friday, as well.
We have been using The Gotham Writers’ Workshop (GWW): Writing Fiction – The Practical Guide for the last 22 weeks.
7:30 – 9:00: Tre Critique
A 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.
Please bring two printed copies of your latest work using the following format:
• 12-pt Times New Roman or other commonly-used, legible font (courier, bookman, garamond, calibri, etc.)
• Up to 6 pages or 1,500 words, whichever comes first. Please include a short synopsis of the story up to the beginning of your selection.
• 1″ margins, double-spaced lines, and indented paragraphs (no additional lines after a paragraph).
• Please number and staple your pages. If you have scene breaks, please show them with a number symbol, asterisk, or tildes centered on a line.
Please refrain from discussions during reading and critique periods. If you’re not participating in the critique, feel free to hang out and write, but please keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete.
See you there!