The Pontiac & Ottawa Valley Writers’ Circle (POVWC) will follow a variety of meeting formats on a rotating basis. The format for the meeting would be determined no less than a month ahead of time.
Each meeting will begin with a quick business-type meeting where members get to hear about the group, upcoming events, relevant writing contests or resources that may be of interest and other items added to the agenda by any member.
Note: Long Fiction Critique Nights, depending on the size of the POVWC and the number of interested participants, could be hosted in conjunction with one of the other formats to allow for a breakaway group should not all members wish to participate in the longer fiction review and critique.
- Short Fiction Critique Nights
- Members who have written short fiction pieces and who are seeking feedback or critique would submit their work via the POVWC Drop Box a minimum of one-week before the scheduled Short Fiction Critique Night.
- All members who are interested in offering critiques for the work are to locate the files on the POVWC Drop Box and prepare their critiques and comments ahead of the meeting.
- At the meeting, a constructive, roundtable conversation will be held on the stories which were submitted for critique.
- Depending on the number of stories submitted, the group should consider a maximum number of stories to be discussed at a specific meeting to avoid running out of time.
- Stories should be no more than 5,000 words in the Short Fiction category.
- Writing Circle Nights
- Members come together to work on writing projects, individually or in groups.
- The idea is to allow for a group setting to get writing projects advanced as it offers support and motivation to be with other writers who are actively writing.
- Reading Nights
- Members gather to listen to each other read fiction stories or samples of larger works of fiction.
- Readings must be written by the member of the group who is reading.
- This is a good way for members to practice reading in public with intonation, reducing fears.
- Readings can be at any stage of development.
- Long Fiction Critique Nights
- Members who are interested in critiques on larger works of fiction must submit one to two sample chapters of their work on the POVWC Drop Box at least one-month before the scheduled Long Fiction Critique Night to allow for ample time for reviews.
- All members who are interested in participating in the Long Fiction Critique Night are to locate the files on the POVWC Drop Box and prepare their critiques and comments ahead of the meeting.
- At the meeting, a constructive, roundtable conversation will be held on the works which were submitted for critique.
- For Long Fiction Critique Nights, there should only be a maximum of two to three works of fiction reviewed.