Scroll down for our Purpose, Benefits of Participation, Critique Guidelines, and a Map to the Church.

If you're a writer who needs an accountability group that will pray for you and provide wonderful feedback for your work, then I invite you to join us. Donna and the gang have kept me focused on my novel, and will do the same for you! - Teri Horsley

Monday, January 19, 2015

Exciting Meetings in Our Future

We  meet the third Tuesday of each month. We will meet again May 19, 2015 from 7 - 8:30 pm. Click HERE to print out your invitation so you can invite someone to come with you.

Please scroll down to see how we conduct the meetings.

Click to see map and get directions to the church: Map of 5303 S Dixie Hwy Franklin, OH 45005-5343, US

Our voluntary dues are $30/year. If you feel you cannot pay dues for a year at a time and want to pay per meeting, I set an offering plate  on the front table with a suggested donation of $5, but please don't let that stop you from coming if you can't give.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What happens when MAC Writers meet?

Every meeting, we get to share good news - even if it's that we've started writing. Or finished another chapter. Or submitted a piece. We celebrate every step.

Occasionally, I invite a speaker. Our speakers encourage and educate us. I make an announcement in advance if we are having a speaker.  I invite you to come a time or two. We learn from each other in a safe, loving atmosphere.

Our suggested dues are $30/year or $5/meeting.

Presenting is voluntary, not mandatory, for participation in this writers’ group. Writers offer up to three pages (no more) of double-spaced copy, 12 point font, for constructive criticism after reading their work aloud to their small group. If able, bring at least ten copies of your work.

1. Reasonable Expectations. The purpose of a critique session is to offer a positive opinion, a different point of view or a helpful suggestion for the writer.

2. Consistent Goal. The goal of critiquing is to encourage each other to keep writing, keep trying, and/or to possibly attempt something new and different.

3. Nothing Personal. Constructive criticism should never focus on the individual writer, but give inspiration for their work.

4. More to Learn. Every writer and every person who critiques has permission to be imperfect, as an individual work in progress.

5. Tact and Sensitivity. Comments from your critique group will be gentle, but honest; never harsh or personal.

6. Written Words. After reading your two pages of copy, group members will write their constructive criticisms and return them to you for your edification.

7. Friendly Listeners. An oral reading to a group may be a high-risk venture for the writer, but you can be assured that you are always among friends.

8. Receiving Criticism. Generally, writers should not defend or respond with explanations about their presentations from critique group members. However, it may be appropriate to answer a few direct questions from the group.

9. After the critique: Unless you have a special working relationship with other members or have made arrangements in advance, please do not send out items for group members to critique and/or edit between meetings. We have editors who attend the meetings who charge for their services and would be glad to talk to you about editing.

Why don't you make it a goal to bring something for critique to our next meeting? I'd love to meet you. - Donna