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Writerwerx: Literary education and events

If you're looking for a write-in, critique group, workshop, or lecture, you've come to the write place. Follow our Facebook page to sign up for classes. 

Shut Up Write Now (currently meeting virtually)

Write-in.  Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup.

Bring whatever you're working on (digital or pen and ink) and do so with a group of writers who are also working on their current projects. We average 3,000 words of writing / editing done per person per session! 

Meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday night of the month at I Luv Pho at 4650 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross, GA 30093.

Get there when you can and stay as long as you like. 

We 'officially' meet from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. Free wi-fi is available. 

If you need absolute silence, please bring noise-cancelling headphones. 

Southern fried writers (currently meeting virtually)

Critique group. Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup.

Bring up to 2,000 words / 4 single-spaced pages of your latest piece. 

All genres are welcome (religious, erotica, self-help, academic, business, etc.).

Meets every 2nd and 4th Thursday night of the month at Matthews Cafeteria at 2299 Main Street, Tucker, GA 30084.

Get there at 6:00 p.m. to eat and chat. Readings and critiques from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

We meet in the event room on the north side (side closest to the railroad tracks) of the building. 

If you'd like written critique, please bring at least three copies for the other group members. 

Book Outlining Basics

Considered using an outline for your book or been frustrated by a failed attempt to outline your novel in the past? This course helps you understand how to appropriately use an outline to help increase your productivity and the quality of your work. Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup or Eventbrite

Intro to Character Development

A sure way to leave your reader dissatisfied is to write characters that are one-dimensional or who behave like completely different people every five pages. Get the knowledge to help you create deep, realistic, gratifying characters that your readers can't help but cheer for (or root against!). Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup or Eventbrite

The 12-month Manuscript Workshop

Did you know that, if you know how to post a message on Facebook, you can write a book in a year or less? Let me walk you through how to get it done. Workshop available in person in the Atlanta area or online.  Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup or Eventbrite

Self-editing fundamentals

Your manuscript is finished and not it's time to start editing. Did you know that editing often begins with the author's own revisions? This short course will help guide you through the process of self-revisions so that will help you make sure your vision for your piece is as clear as possible before you hand it over to your content editor. Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup or Eventbrite

Self-publishing 101

Everything you ever wanted to know about self-publishing rolled into a single class! Courses are available in person in the Atlanta area or online.  Get updates by following / joining Writerwerx on Meetup or Eventbrite

Reading Groups

Beta Readers

We're always in need for beta readers for projects that come up throughout the year. You'll be send an email letting you know which book project is in need of betas so you can accept or reject the offer to read the book and give feedback. Sign up below! 

ARC angels

Advance Review Copies are sent to this group just prior to release. You are welcome to be both a beta reader and an ARC angel if you don't mind reading things twice. The ARCs are sent out digitally, but are broken up by genre so that you only get sent the kinds of books you like to read. Sign up below!

Volo press monthly newsletter

if you just want monthly emails to help you keep up with news from Volo Press and Writerwerx, as well as learn some new information or get writing help, the newsletter is your best bet. Subscribe now to be notified of Beta reading and ARC opportunities! 

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Groups and Events: Questions and Answers


How to Get the Most Out of Writing Groups

Showing up is the first critical thing to do. Not once in a blue moon or when you have something to submit for critique, but as much as possible. If you've chosen a group that fits into your daily schedule, there's no reason that you shouldn't be able  to consistently attend meetings. When you go to a group regularly,  a number of beneficial things start to happen.

You make connections that can help you along your journey to authorship. Some people may have ties or experience in a particular field that you're interested in writing about or giving to a character as an occupation. Others might have other connections  that can be of service to you, such as editors, proofreaders, or even publishers. But if they rarely ever seen you and don't develop a certain level of trust and comfort with you, they're less likely to think to help you. It's remarkable how often the mere  act of showing up can help your craft and career. 

You learn the craft from seeing your own and other people's mistakes. You pick up information about spelling, usage, punctuation, style, and more without ever cracking a book, taking a class, or visiting a website. This constant practice of hearing  people argue through a comma placement or ponder on the true meaning of the word 'go,' helps increase your own skill and knowledge as a writer. 

You get feedback to help your manuscript reach its full potential. Relationships with your group members are crucial when it comes to giving feedback. First, the longer you know and interact with someone, the easier it becomes for them to feel comfortable  giving you raw feedback. When I say that, what I mean is that they are more likely to give you their true gut reaction to a passage, even if it was unpleasant. "I have no fucking idea what's happening," is a little different from, "I'm afraid your reader might  get confused here." This only serves to give you a more genuine, less clinical idea of what your reader would experience if they had purchased your book and read it in its current state. Some people also feel highly uncomfortable giving constructive feedback,  so they often opt to not say anything at all until they know the group member better. This means you could be missing out on a valuable bit of feedback, all because you don't come to group consistently. 

Secondly, the more consistently you get feedback (whether raw or restrained), the less likely you are to become defensive when receiving it. Getting defensive about the flaws in your work can lead the person giving the feedback to feel anything from angry to  guilty. This can cause them to lean toward 'nitpicking' your work just for the sake of being passive-aggressive or remaining silent and not giving you feedback at all. Either of these options is problematic for your work and your group. 

You stay on track with your writing and revising goals when you attend writing groups consistently. This is especially true if you commit to submitting a portion of your work at every session. It's common for people to not be as productive when they  don't have any deadlines to work with. Making sure that you submit to group regularly makes sure that you are always writing, receiving feedback, and revising so that you get closer to your manuscript completion goals with every session you attend.

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What is the Purpose of a Write-in? 


Write-ins are when groups of writers come together to work on their latest projects. This usually means writing so that they can increase their word count, but it can also mean editing the manuscript they've completed or giving it a read-through to pick out  large-scale problems with content organization, plot consistency, character development, and other issues. 

Can't I Just Write at Home? 


Of course. And many people do. The problem is that most people aren't as productive at home as they are out in public. One common reason is because our homes are often filled with too many distractions: spouse, children, pets, television, video games, sleep,  pile of dirty laundry, etc. Also, writing at home after you leave work can be hard to do because the writing isn't treated with any level of urgency. It's not being made a priority if it's no different from watching a television show or taking a nap. 

But when you make a dedicated trip to attend an event with like-minded people in order to write, it can help sharpen your focus so that you end up working harder in the time you're there than you might at home. Sometimes just being in a different environment  with new people can help energize your writing efforts. For example, Shut Up Write Now members currently average about 3,000 words of work (copy editing, writing, proofreading. etc.) per session. Attending both meetings each month could mean you comfortably get 6,000 words of work completed each month. If you're not seeing  these kind of numbers on your own, I recommend you at least attempt a write-in a couple of times to compare how productive you are in that setting versus sitting at home. 

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Do I Need to Take Writing Classes?


They can be helpful, but there are plenty of world-famous others who have had little or no formal training. Classes and workshops facilitated by me are meant to help you get things done. 

Self-publishing 101 is meant to help people make a final decision about whether or not they want to do self-publish. It's also helpful for people who don't know the first thing about publishing to get an overview of the three major publishing  options available to authors today. 

The 12-Month Manuscript Workshop was a meeting and webinar before I turned it into a book. This meeting was constructed to help break down what a manuscript is and help you figure out how to write one even though you're busy. No matter how much you have  going on in your life, you can finish your manuscript in a year or less. It just takes a little planning and a lot of time management. 

How are Community Events and Trade Shows Helpful for Writers? 


Networking is the least you're going to get out of any show you decide to buy a booth for. Even if (knock on wood, because you don't actually want this to happen!) not a single customer attended a trade show or conference, don't forget to exchange information  with fellow authors. Just like you build a network with members in your group, you can do the same with fellow authors (who are readers, too, by the way) you meet at shows. 

Customers are also at these kinds of events, normally. Be sure not to limit yourself to only doing shows that are presented as book-based. Often craft fairs, conferences, state fairs, and trade shows will be open to allowing people from various fields to participate, even when the event is geared toward a specific industry (automotive, child care, wedding, etc.). Closed mouths don't get fed. So even if you're skeptical, look up the eligibility guidelines for the shows you're curious about. 

Social media content abounds at a fair or show. You can take and post pictures and video of your table, your customers, the venue, your products, and more. Give your followers who are across the country or on the other side of the world a feel for what the day has been like for you. 

Writing groups, writing classes, and writing events with Volo Press | Writerwerx.

Writing groups, writing classes, and writing events with Volo Press | Writerwerx.