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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 […]

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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 […]

writers writing

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 […]

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Guest Speaker – Jeff Gerke! Topic: Hack Your Reader’s Brain

6:00 – 7:30:  Guest Speaker – Jeff Gerke!   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… Tonight, Jeff Gerke will be gracing our table with a presentation on his newest book, where he tackles the ticklish topic of how to Hack Your Reader’s Brain.  We will soon begin studying this book after we finish his The First 50 Pages, so now would be a good time to buy the book online and have it handy for taking notes while listening to Jeff! Review:  “Hack Your Reader’s Brain is the first book I would suggest novelists read before or during writing. Jeff has broken the power of fiction down to the very basics of how good fiction actually affects the human brain, how it makes us feel if we do it right. Other writing books contain some […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 4 – Fleshing Out

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 4:  Fleshing Out 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 4 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People, answering the key question all writers want to know (or need to know): How do you make a character real? “Labeling — assigning a story person a dominant impression — is a primary step in character creation.  But a dominant impression alone doesn’t go far enough.  Leave it at that and Character will end up a stick figure at best — a caricature, not a person.  If he’s to be of any real use to you, you need to flesh him out, develop the picture of him in more detail, internally and externally, […]

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 5 – Introduce Your Main Character

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 5 – Introduce Your Main Character 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 introduce our main character. Homework:  Print a single page (one side only) of your own main character’s introduction.  We will use this during our discussion. Side Trails:  We will 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 […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Ch 3 – Labels, Labels

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 3:  Labels, Labels 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 enjoyed Dinner and a Movie! Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 3 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  We’ll be answering the question as to “Why do you label a character,” and showing how to provide your reader with clues as to how he or she can recognize your story people. 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 […]

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Potluck Dinner and a Movie – Gabrielle’s

Yeah!  No homework! Dinner and a Movie Nights are always fun.  🙂 5:30 pm:  Begin arriving. 6:00 pm:  Start eating. 7:00:  The Movie Begins! (Title TBD – we’ll select it soon) Gabrielle will be making a scrumptious main dish, but as this is a potluck, please bring some side dishes and perhaps one or two deserts.  Leftovers return home with their owners.

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The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 4 – Engage Your Reader

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages (Gerke) – Ch 4 – Engage Your Reader 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, discovering how the writer needs to be adept at both casting semblances of him or herself, as well as trying on entirely unfamiliar character molds. Tonight, we’ll be studying how to Engage Your Reader. Side Trails:  We will 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 […]

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The Craft: Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 2

6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  Swain’s Creating Characters, Chapter 2:  Searching Out Your Characters 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 Chapter 3 of Gerke’s First 50 Pages, where once again, we revisited key elements of Mastering the Craft. Tonight we’ll be cracking open Chapter 2 of Dwight V. Swain’s Creating Characters:  How to Build Story People.  “Building a character begins with deciding which character to build.”  One can’t template a character and expect good things.  Although knowing the character archetypes described by Vogler in “The Writer’s Journey” can be very helpful, your character must feel right and sit well with you.  You’re looking for a character “who both fits your story’s requirements and excites you.”  “Finding a character means personifying — that is, giving human form […]