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The Craft: The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke – Fwd, Intro, Ch 1

August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


6:00 – 7:30:  The Craft:  The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke – Fwd, Intro, Ch 1

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…

The previous Friday we took another look at three contenders for our upcoming studies into Character Development.  Until that’s finalized, we’re going to take our first look at The First 50 Pages by Jeff Gerke.

Jeff is a local.  In fact, he recently hosted a symposium at a writers conference just a few blocks from where I live.  Several people I know who’ve met him say, “He’s terrific!”  I haven’t met him, yet, but I’ve read through his First 50 Pages book, and find it to be a valuable resource.  Thus, The First 50 Pages will be one of the two books we’ll be studying over the next few months.

The other one will be on character development, selected from one of the three books we looked at last week.  I will let you know which one when I’ve made a decision.

As for the other two books, there’s no need for you to purchase them, as we’re only covering 1% to 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

Homework:  Please purchase the latest version of The First 50 Pages:  Engage Agents, Editors, and Readers, and Set Up Your Novel for Success by Jeff Gerke, and bring it with you to tonight’s meeting.

Finally, if you took my copy of the Gotham Writer’s Workshop on Writing Fiction (yellow, with my name across the top), then please bring it back.  I still need it.  Thank you.

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.

Please bring two (and only two) printed copies of your latest work using the following format:

• 12-pt Times New Roman or other commonly-used 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.

Also, 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 keep things “library” quiet until after all critiques are complete.

See you there!


August 11, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Agia Sophia
2902 West Colorado Avenue
Colorado Springs, CO 80904 United States