Blog Posts

CSWriters on Facebook

CSWriters is now on Facebook!

Following a suggestion from one of our members, I decided to create a Facebook group where our members could share our group with their friends.  It’s a “closed group” only in the sense that not everyone on the planet can become a member.  Current members must add their friends to the group.  Here’s what our page looks like:

back to basics

CSWriters Goes Back to Basics…

I’m really looking forward to continuing our group on Meetup.com.  It’s not that I’m a huge fan of Meetup.  It’s that I’m a huge fan of CSWriters. Formerly WritersWrite!, CSWriters has taken shape as the premier small group writing group here in Colorado Springs.  Some groups charge $30 per meeting.  Our membership dues are 100 times lower, just a quarter per meeting, payable in $12 per year.  For that price, you get the same benefits of larger groups, including guest speakers, world-class material, discussion groups, and critique nights.  Moreover, we’re not stingy with critiquing one another’s work.  Our group is for serious writers!  Other groups meet once a month.  Other groups select three members to critique. Here are CSWriters, we offer world-class content, discussion, and critique sessions each and every week to all attendees.  For a quarter. We’re not in it to make money.  We do this because we love […]

typewriter and wine

First CSWriters Meeting Back on Meetup!

CSWriters is back on Meetup!  On Thursday, August 20, CSWriters met at our usual place (Agia Sophia) and time (6:30 pm) to discuss the fine art of writing, critique one another’s work, and have fun.  Naturally, it was a success, with one individual returning who sort of lost us for a month as we transitioned to CSWriters.com and then back to CSWriters on Meetup.com Why did we transition to CSWriters.com, and why are we back up on Meetup? We left Meetup on July 5th because their rates are just too darn high.  It should not cost any company $190 a year to provide a couple of megabytes of storage space and the same automated tools duplicated over tens of thousands of Meetup groups.  So, we moved to CSWriters.com i.e. this website. We moved back because the WordPress plugins for duplicating Meetup’s functions are not mature enough to seamlessly handle the […]

slide

Critique Night!

“To me, obstacles in life build character. You have to be able to overcome adversity in order to succeed and appreciate the simple things life has to offer… that’s where most of my inspiration for writing and singing comes from.” – Elliot Yamin

Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/elliottyam523260.html#C1fFITjFTLGbGAGM.99

slide

Guest Speaker: Hillary Rettig’s “How to Overcome Procrastination and Perfectionism and be Joyful”

We’re co-sponsoring this event with Pikes Peak Writers. Please note the Date and Location:  6:30 Tuesday, August 18, 2015, at the Penrose Library on 20 N. Cascade Ave, Colorado Springs, CO Workshop Description:  Joyful Productivity for Writers by Hillary Rettig, author of The 7 Secrets of the Prolific. Inspiration exists and is available to everyone at nearly any time. Under-productivity, procrastination, and blocks are solvable problems. The secret to achieving a state of near perpetual inspiration (a.k.a., “flow”) is to switch from a scarcity to an abundance mindset, and also from a shame/blame mindset to one focused on problem-solving. In this workshop by Hillary Rettig, author of the bestselling  “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific,” we’ll delve deep into the heart of under productivity so you can see, once and for all, what forces are holding you back. The we’ll discuss solutions—lots of them—that you can start using immediately to […]

slide

Pillar Night – Topic TBD

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Topic TBD We’ll explore…  Something! 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 pages) – double-spaced – 12-pt Times New Roman. Each group will spend 20 minutes reading one person’s work, another 20 minutes reading another person’s work, then 30 – 40 minutes time critiquing one another’s work using the Tres Critique method. 9:30 – 10:00:  Freefall.  Winding Down

slide

Deeper Study by Scotty – Topic TBD

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Topic TBD We’ll explore…  Something!  Scotty always comes up with some good ones. 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 pages) – double-spaced – 12-pt Times New Roman. Each group will spend 20 minutes reading one person’s work, another 20 minutes reading another person’s work, then 30 – 40 minutes time critiquing one another’s work using the Tres Critique method. 9:30 – 10:00:  Freefall.  Winding Down

slide

Guest Speaker: Jax Bubis on Characterization

Published fiction author Jax Bubis will present her keys to creating rich characters with the depth to make your stories feel real to the reader.

slide

Deeper Study by Scotty – Introduction to Conflict

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  Deeper Study by Scotty – Introduction to Conflict Scotty came up with an approach to deeper levels of study involving our Twelve Pillars. 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 pages) – double-spaced – 12-pt Times New Roman. Each group will spend 20 minutes reading one person’s work, another 20 minutes reading another person’s work, then 30 – 40 minutes time critiquing one another’s work using the Tres Critique method. 9:30 – 10:00:  Freefall.  […]

slide

How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal

6:30 – 7:00:  Social.  Grab a cup of joe, maybe a plate of Agia Sophia’s scrumptious food, sit back, and relax.  Catch up with old friends.  Make some new ones. 7:00 – 8:00:  How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal How a compelling novel centers on the protagonist’s goal.  It’s the character’s striving to reach his or her goal, along with the successes and setbacks that build the edge of your seat tension.  By centering on the protagonist’s goal, the author helps keep the audience focused on what’s most important, as well as that which is most entertaining. 8:00 (sharp) – 9:30:  Tre Critique – A three-member team approach to more dynamic and informative critiques of our work.  This worked well last week, so it’s now our standard approach. Please bring three copies of your latest work needing a critique, in the following format: – 1,000 words (4 […]