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Greensburg Writers Group Guidelines

(Revised 2/14)

1. Types of Submissions:

All pieces read should be works in progress, not published works.  A piece is critiqued no more than twice by the group, but members are completely free to review each others work in depth and swap material at the meetings or through e-mail.

Critiquing services are expected to be reciprocal.  A writer who wants to have his or her work reviewed must also review work presented by other writers.

Types of pieces:

Formal – Please supply 10 copies or email your submission to the group at least two weeks before the meeting at which it will be critiqued.  Some members will critique only paper submissions.  These are normally pieces too long to read in their entirety at a meeting (longer than three pages of prose or one page of poetry,) but each submission should be no more than three chapters or five poems.  Formal printed pieces are passed out to members, who review them and return comments in writing at the next meeting.

Please do not submit first-draft material unless you need specific feedback before you can move forward.  Ideally, you should think of the process as similar to submitting to a publisher in that the version of your work you submit for critiquing is as good as you can get it without feedback.

We have no intention of shifting the printing burden from author to critiquers, so electronic submissions that require editing can be emailed back, but comments on the writing should be brought to the meeting.  They probably won’t require more than a page to print or hand write.

GWG uses the Seton Hill method for formal reviews:

The author reads a short except.  All members remain quiet while the author reads.

Each person presents comments without interruption from others.  We start comments at a different place in the circle each time so everyone has a chance to comment on each piece.  If someone has already covered your comments, just say that rather than repeating.  There's no need to cover edit marks you've clearly noted on the manuscript.

The author then discusses the comments.

General discussion may follow.

Informals – These are not passed out at the prior meeting but are short enough to be read in a few minutes (up to three pages of prose or one page of poetry) if there is time after the formal reviews.  The same discussion method is followed as for formals.  Informals include prompts suggested via email.

Extemporaneous - These are the pieces written in the last segment of the meeting if there is time.  Each author reads his or her piece and informal discussion follows briefly.  You may revise these pieces and bring them back as formals or informals.

2. Meeting Format:

Reports and discussion of group GWG writing projects and joint GWG/LVW projects.

Trading of market news.

Formals and informals to be read that day are listed so we know how many we have and can manage out time.

Distribution of formal submissions for the next meeting.

Review of formals.

Review of informals.

Extemporaneous writing from a prompt, picture, or writing exercise if time permits.

Reading and discussion of extemporaneous pieces.

4. Special Projects: Since the GWG is not an incorporated organization, it is not burdened with dues, accounting, officers or paperwork.  Any funds made on writing projects are donated to worthy causes. Committees will be organized to work on and review special writing projects.

5. Meetings:

Meetings are the second and fourth Sundays of each month from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  Meeting schedule and other events will be posted on this website: www.gbwg.net

Meetings are at Westmoreland @rt 30, in the lounge to the right of the main entrance.  For those familiar with the old Mt. View Inn, the museum is right across the road in the former furniture store building.  For those using GPS the address is 4764 State Rt. 30, Greensburg, PA 15601.  You can approach from Rt. 30 or from Frye Farm Road. Parking is in front and at the side of the building with additional space at the bank or the office building if necessary.

6. Cancellations:

If the weather is bad, use your judgment about the safety of traveling to the meeting.  Certainly staying safe is more important than attending a meeting.  When in doubt, play it safe.