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

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Our MAC Writers meetings: Addressing Safety concerns

Hi, Writers

Just an update on how our last meeting went. We had a wonderful meeting with almost everyone bringing writing for critique. I was so pleased that we had two new people attend, and both were eager to participate and brought writing

We had the meeting outside with all of us sitting apart. We did not pass out our writing, but each read their piece aloud and we made notes to share with the writers. All in all, it worked out quite well. 

I understand your concerns about safety and doing my best to address them. I don't intend to have online or remote meetings at this time. As long as the weather cooperates, we can meet outside. If you'd like to exchange your writing with each other outside of the meetings, that is up to you. I've participated in online groups before and while it can be beneficial, it takes a lot of scheduling and organizing to make it work, and it works best for very small groups. I'd prefer to see you all in person! 

I'll keep you posted if anything changes, but I do hope you'll feel comfortable to attend next month. 

God bless you and keep writing! - Donna 

Monday, January 16, 2017

What's New this Month?

We meet the SECOND Tuesday of each month from 7 - 8:30 pm. Invite someone to come with you.

 Please scroll down to see how we conduct the meetings.

Click HERE 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.  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 you'd like someone else to read your work, that is fine, too. If able, bring at least ten copies.

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 three 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, and you may have someone else in the group read for you.

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.

10. All levels: We have writers in all stages of the craft from those who have never written to those who are multi-published, and we all learn from each other. The learning never stops - even for a best-selling author. 

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