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South Sound Speculative Fiction Writers Group-Critique

December 15, 2023 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST


We’re the <a href=”https://www.reddit.com/r/Oly_Spec_Fic_Writers/” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>South Sound Speculative Fiction Writers’ Group</a>. We’re a mixed group of writers just starting out and writers who have been writing for years. Our aim is to get better at our writing and advance our careers through honest and knowledgeable feedback, deliberate practice, and community building. We meet every Friday online through Slack (no video or audio. chat only).

Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month is our biweekly critique session. Writers of speculative fiction based in Thurston, Kitsap, Lewis, Mason, and Pierce counties are welcome to come and share their speculative fiction of 3,500-words or less. Slack link to join is over on our page. Invite link to Slack channel available on <a href=”https://www.reddit.com/r/Oly_Spec_Fic_Writers/” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>our page</a>!

South Sound Speculative Fiction Writers is modeled after the <a href=”https://wayfarerwriting.wordpress.com/about/” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>North Seattle SciFi and Fantasy Writers</a>, intensive speculative fiction workshops, and <a href=”http://www.bsfwriters.com/” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers</a>, all writing communities with the mindset of helping writers improve as professionals through workshops, exercises, and informed critiques. These groups aim for more than simple critique exchanges like most writing groups and prepare people for careers as writers and authors. South Sound Spec Writers was designed with all of that in mind!

Writers who come to the group and participate are there to learn, grow, and become professionally published authors, whether full-time or part-time. This group is excellent for beginners and pros (we have both!) and all those in-between.

Critique Guidelines:

All stories or excerpts shared must be speculative fiction stories up to 3,500-words

Writers need to give critiquers focus areas for their stories so they have an idea of what state or draft the story is in and what issues writers want critiquers to focus on while reading.

Writers sharing their stories for critique must also include with their focus areas content warnings.

Here’s a list of content warnings.

Sex, violence, and curse words are okay. But listen if someone says something makes them uncomfortable (you’re not writing in a vacuum)

All writers asking for feedback must give it to others. No showing up just for your story.

Be open to feedback, critiques, and comments, and understand there is more than one way to approach writing a story

No copy editing (our critiques are developmental and content-based)

For more information about our critiquing practices, check out the post over on our sub.

If you can’t make it this Friday, no worries! We meet every week on this schedule:

First Friday- Critiques

Second Friday- Workshop/tutorials

Third Friday- Critiques

Fourth Friday- Decompress and talk shop

Occasional Fifth Friday- Reading Workshop


December 15, 2023
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm PST
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