Meetings are free and open to the public. Participation is expected. Bring your work to share and have critiqued or provide constructive criticism of other attendee’s works.
Before attending please review the guidelines below.
It is important that each participant read and understand the following:
Please put a check by your name on the sign-in sheet and complete a name tag upon arrival.
Nonreaders are expected to remain courteous and allow the writer to read and others to comment without interruption or distractions.
Critiques should be supportive and helpful. Many of us are new writers, reading our work out loud for the first time. Constructive suggestions are appreciated.
Critiques of a writer’s work should consist of suggestions that help enhance the writer’s skills and craft.
Critiques of content, topic, genre or any criticisms that stifle the creative process or in any way can be perceived as censoring are not condoned. If an attendee is not comfortable with the content of any piece being read, they are urged to leave the room during the reading and critiquing of the piece. This is an adult meeting, and therefore, content of works may contain adult themes and/or language.
It is expected that all attendees participate either by bringing their work to share and have critiqued by other attendees or participate by providing constructive criticism of other attendee’s works.
Writer’s Ink is a facilitated meeting for writers open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Attendees may attend one or as many meetings as they wish. Continued participation in the group will be evaluated against each member’s ability to follow the attendee guidelines. Continued participation at the meetings by any attendee will be at the discretion of the facilitator and library staff.
There is no set size requirement for each meeting however the on-going attendee size will be reviewed by the facilitator and library staff to determine if the number of regular attendees no longer accurately supports the needs of the meeting. A new course of action will then be determined.
Questions about Writer’s Ink, please contact Programs Manager, Christina Stoll, 847-870-4429, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon arrival, writers are asked to sign in. If you wish to read a piece for review you should indicate that on the sign-in form. Reading/Critiquing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Prior to reading your work, indicate if the piece to be read is intended for publication and where.
New attendees who wish to read their works will be slotted into the sign up within reason by the facilitator, however there is no guarantee that this will happen at their first meeting if there is a hold over list of readers from previous meetings.
You may set up the piece with background information, but this should be brief.
Note specific problems or questions relating to the piece either before it is read or immediately after and before the silent critiquing process begins.
You may read the work aloud, ask another person to read it or ask the attendees to read it silently.
Remain silent until the end of the discussion, then you may comment.
Writer sign up on a first-come, first-served basis.
Holdovers have priority, at the discretion of the facilitator.
The first-time readers have next priority.
Length is designated as follows:
Short = 1,000 words or less Medium = 1,000–2,500 words (including plays up to 2,500 words)
Longer pieces may be shared with writers willing to take the piece home for review and return at the next meeting.