About Us

Who is the Brea Library Writer’s Group?

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We are a diverse group of writers of all ages, genres, and levels of experience who meet together to improve our craft. Once a month, we offer constructive critiques of each other’s writing. We also share news, offer writing advice, and write impromptu stories. We are here to support each other as we harken on this journey together.

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Where and when do you meet?

We meet in the Brea Library on the first Saturday of the month, from 1:30 to 3:00. (Due to holidays, we do reschedule to the second Saturday of the month, particularly in January and July. See posts for more details.) You’ll find us at the round tables in the far back of the library. If you’re uncertain, ask a librarian. They’re know us well and are very helpful.

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In addition, we usually hold an informal Writer’s Forum every third Saturday from 1:30-3:00. (Again, subject to change due to holidays.) PLEASE NOTE: Our usual meeting spot for the Writer’s Forum, I Knead Love, went out of business and we are trying to find a new place to assemble. Check group emails for time and place.

Be warned though. We are a chatty bunch and tend to run our meetings a little long.

What’s the Writer Forum?

The writer’s forum is an informal meeting at a coffee shop or bakery (location pending), where we show off our latest projects, brainstorm, and ask for advice.

Who can join?

Anyone. We welcome new writers, old writers, and writers who aren’t sure they’re writers. Just drop by and check us out.

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Are there any fees or membership dues?

No.

However, at the Writer’s Forum it is customary to purchase a snack or beverage in gratitude to the bakery who lets us use their room.

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What are meetings like?

In a typical library meeting, we go around the table and introduce ourselves. We may have a Writer’s Corner, which is a short presentation on the craft or business of writing. Then we begin our critiques.

The week before the meeting, three writers email their work to the group, who correct it before the meeting begins. At the meeting, we go around the table and share what we like and what we think should be improved. Then we give the writer our notes.

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If we have time left, we do a five or ten minute free write based on prompts, then we go around and share what we’ve written. We decide who will be critiqued next week, make announcements, and end the meeting.

In a Writer’s Forum, we try to give each person time to talk. The person can bring in pages of a manuscript to read or an idea they’re working on or some information they found–or they can sit and listen. It’s a time of give and take without written agenda.

How can I contact you?

Send an email to brealibrarywritersgroup@gmail.com. Or just stop by.

If you think you might like to join, please come and check us out!

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