Our critique format encourages writers not only to have a voice, but to listen to each other as well. Not only do writers come together to help each other through peer review, but writers develop important skills through listening, critiquing and reading out loud. All opinions are welcome and even first timers are encouraged to participate – both by critiquing and sharing their work. Writers find that they learn new tricks not only from critiques on their work, but from critiques on other members’ work.
Our monthly workshops cover a wide variety of topics, from character development to self publishing. They are taught by experienced professionals, published authors and educators. In the past we have covered topics like Scrivener, character development, self-publishing basics and poetry. Generally our topics are chosen by our members and average about 50% on the business of writing and 50% on the craft.
Special Events & Projects:
These range from Halloween parties to our annual participation in the NW Book Fair. They are a great way for writers to get together and share stories and friendship. Our Portland chapter’s first Halloween party became the basis for a short story anthology and there are other anthologies on the horizon.
We have strived to connect all of our chapters through a virtual chapter on Facebook. One of the first things we did was to create a place where writers could share interesting articles, news about their publications and friendships. We’re happy to report that the idea has been embraced and has grown. Our Facebook chapter can be found here.