Friendly Feedback Writers Workshop
When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 12:30am – 2:30pm
Where: Old Worthington Library, 820 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
Description: This September SICCO meeting will consist of two parts: 1) the Workshop, and 2) the Contest.
The Workshop (Part Un): This SICCO meeting we’re putting you to work. And since this is all about new beginnings and helping members get feedback and improving their writing, we’re asking YOU to submit the beginning of whatever you’re working on. It can be the start of a novel, a chapter, a story, whatever you’d like to send. Just try to make it a beginning scene. Because el principio not only sets the tone for the rest of the story, but it’s also where you grab the reader by their tender parts and s-q-u-e-e-z-e (by ‘tender parts’ I meant their ear lobes . . . if you were thinking something else, shame on you). Try to pick something between 2 – 5 pages, if possible. Submit these to the SICCO gmail account by no later than WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 so everyone has time to read before the meeting. And we’re all doing this, every stinking person. That’s right . . . you’re not only gettin’ judged, but you’re judgin’ too. And we want enough time to read and evaluate everyone prior to the meeting. So when you show up, try to bring copies of what you’ve read, with your notations, comments, critiques, etc.. Each person will present what they’re doing, give a brief description of the plot, and then, let ‘er rip, tater-chip. The rest of us will provide our brief critiques of the work, and afterwards everyone can submit their copies (with notes, etc.) back to the author for his or her use. If you don't have time to submit your work in advance, just bring the first 2 pages of your WIP to read aloud for friendly feedback. And if you’re having trouble starting a project and feel like you don’t have anything to share, submit an outline or proposal of what you’re thinking about instead. We’ll talk about that. Point is, we want to help SICCO members write and get published. So don’t be a wallflower. Be a bookflower.
The Contest (Part Deux): In a nod to Janet Reid’s wonderful blog and the periodic writing contests she runs, we’re blatantly ripping off her idea and doing the same thing. So in 100 words or less, use the following (5) words in a story: fall, scarecrow, bicycle, creep, blood. Note: the words can be used in any context or order (e.g., ‘fall’ can be fall, falling, fallen, part of ‘downfall,’ etc.). However, words cannot be broken apart (e.g., ‘scarecrow’ cannot be broken into ‘scare’ and ‘crow’). Some words were picked as part of a Halloweeny-mystery theme, but that doesn’t mean you have to go that direction. BE CREATIVE. Use words in different ways, as parts of dialogue, slang, play with alternate meanings, be funny, mysterious or just plain weird. Whatever floats your submarine. The winner will be chosen by the judge (Patrick Stuart) during the September SICCO meeting. All entries will be submitted at the meeting, so work on them now and submit on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of white paper when you arrive. All entries should be anonymous (i.e., don’t include your name). The winner will be unmasked and awarded a prize of indiscriminate/dubious value later.
October Program TBA. Please check here later for further details.
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