January Critique Group

SWC - revisedThe Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will meet at Retro 521 Café in Bossier, 521 Barksdale Blvd on Saturday, January 19th from 10 am to 12 pm.

Members and guests are encouraged to bring work to read and have critiqued in a safe, supportive environment. The critique group is intended to be helpful and to offer constructive feedback to authors on their writing.

   Even if you don’t have a piece to have critiqued, please come and offer your support and suggestions to other writers.

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December and January Meetings

Happy New Year! Best wishes for a prosperous, productive new year of writing and reaching your goals from everyone at Shreveport Writers Club.

This will be a two-part post as the blog catches up after the holiday madness. J

   DECEMBER MEETING

As is tradition, the December meeting was a holiday potluck. Writers gathered with each other, friends and family for food, conversation and a game of “Liebrary.”

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JANUARY MEETING:

The January meeting of Shreveport Writers Club was held Saturday, January 5 at Shreve Memorial Library, Broadmoor Branch.

First, the Making the Mark Awards were acknowledged. Two members received congratulatory pens for submitting works for publication within the past month.

Next, the group moved on to the Flash Writing Exercise. The writers were asked to write for ten minutes on these topics: It’s MAGIC, New Year New You, I’d rather just forget, Maybe it’s for the best, or the topic of their choice.  Those who wanted to, shared the results of this quick writing exercise.

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Next, came the business portion of the meeting. Branching out, reaching out to more writers and how to improve participation and attendance at monthly meetings was discussed at length. One of the  suggestions was to post more in the Facebook group, offering discussion topics, news and sharing local events. Members also discussed organizing informal meet-ups, group activities and holding additional meetings in the evening.

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The writers also participated in another group writing exercise. Participants were asked which stories they would like to see reimagined or remade. A fun, lively discussion followed.

The Round Robin Reading portion brought the meeting to a close. Several members shared their latest works.


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The Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will meet at Retro 521 Café in Bossier, 521 Barksdale Blvd on Saturday, January 19th from 10 am to 12 pm. Members and guests are encouraged to bring work to read and have critiqued in a safe, supportive environment. The critique group is intended to be helpful and to offer constructive feedback to authors on their writing. Even if you don’t have a piece to have critiqued, please come and offer your support and suggestions to other writers.

The next meeting of Shreveport Writer’s Club will be held on Saturday, February 3rd in the Reading Room of Shreve Memorial Library’s Hamilton South Caddo Branch. Special guest will be Author Maple Sudds, reading selections from her book No Blood in the Turnip. This promises to be a special occasion and all are welcome to attend and participate in the question and answer portion of the meeting after Mrs. Sudd’s reading. NOTE SPECIAL TIME: This meeting will begin at 11 am.  More details to follow.

 

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Holiday Potluck

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A reminder that we are having our holiday potluck! Come and bring a dish or snack to share. Also, bring some holiday writing to share with us.
Visitors and guests are welcome!

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Critique Group Meeting

Reminder: The Shreveport Writer’s Club Critique Group meeting will be Saturday, November 17th at Retro 521 Cafe, 521 Barksdale Blvd in Bossier City. Bring something to share or just come to offer advice and encouragement to those who bring their work.  Guests and visitors are encouraged to attend. Come see what a supportive, serious group of writers can add to writing life.

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Shreveport Writers Club Nanowrimo Write-in

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A reminder that this Wednesday is the second Shreveport Writers Club Nanowrimo Write-in. Join our Vice-President at Retro 521 Coffee, Cafe & Venue for some writing encourgement and delicious coffee.
Open for all club members and visitors are welcomed!

 

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Nanowrimo at Retro 521

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The vice-president of the Shreveport Writers Club is hosting a Nanowrimo write-in at Retro 521 Coffee, Cafe & Venue starting today. This will occur every Wednesday from 5-7pm. Come out to be inspired and encourage each other.

 

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November Meeting

The Shreveport Writers Club held their regular monthly meeting at 10 am on Saturday, November 3rd. This month the writers met at Retro 521 Cafe in Bossier City.

Club President, Tiffany Pennywell, welcomed visitors and members. The first order of business was presenting the “Making a Mark” awards. Members who submitted any piece of writing to any publication are given a commemorative writing pen as encouragement. Writers this month “making a mark” were M. L. Dumars and Loretta Casteen.

The group then moved on to the Flash Writing Exercise. The writers were asked to write on any of these topics:

  1.  I didn’t know my daughter knew the queen…
  2. A baker, a ballerina, and the ultimate ninja…
  3. He looked me straight in the eye and said…
  4. The turkey was almost done, but…
  5. Open topic

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After members shared their writing, the group moved on to other business.

 


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   The December Holiday meeting location was discussed, but not decided upon. Those interested are encouraged to check back on this site or on the Facebook group once the meeting place for December is finalized.

The December Holiday meeting will include the yearly potluck meal, games, readings and fun.  Special guest for the December meeting will be novelist, Maple Sudds, who will discuss self-publishing her memoir No Blood in the Turnip.

 


Next, club Vice-President Deondre Holmes announced the winner of the October short story contest.

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For her short story, “Windows” Stephanie Bullard won a $25 gift card and spooky Halloween shot glasses.

Congratulations Stephanie!

The theme and deadline for the next contest will be announced at the December meeting.


The writers then participated in another writing activity. Each person was asked to write for ten minutes about their “perfect writing situation.”  Afterwards, writers shared their work, if they wished to.

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The Shreveport Writers Club Critique Group will be held at Retro 521 on Saturday, November 17th, from 10 am to 12 pm.


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Vice-President, Deondre Holmes also invited anyone interested in evening meet-ups back to Retro 521 every Wednesday evening in November from 5 to 7 pm for critiques, sharing work and encouragement during NaNoWriMo.

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The final activity was the Round Robin reading. Anyone who brought writing to share was encouraged to do so.

 

 


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