A: Anyone who is 18 or older and is interested in writing.
Q: How do I become a member?
A: PSWG is a free group. In order to become a member, simply click on the green "Join Group" button on the home page. Then fill out the brief form that appears next. An e-mail will be sent to the moderators, and once you are approved, you will be able to access the Forum, Submissions and other members-only sections of the site.
Q: How do I upload a picture to my profile?
A: We're glad you asked. We hope that every member will upload a picture of themselves, as this will make our site more personal and colorful! After you have joined, you will be able to access your profile at the following link to make changes, including uploading that fab selfie! groupspaces.com/my/account/
Q: What should I bring to my first meeting?
A: A notebook, a pen, and your creative spirit! Some new members feel comfortable critiquing the submissions at their first meeting, and others choose to observe. The choice is yours.
Q: What is the format of the meetings?
A: At our main meeting, held on the second Tuesday of each month, the group critiques two previously chosen pieces. The works can be found under the Submissions tab. Each work begins with a Critique Sheet. Use this sheet as a guide for your critique, but feel free to add you own thoughts and suggestions along the way.
In October, the group takes a break from critiquing to share aloud short Halloween or autumn themed stories. NO Critiquing - just a lot of fun!
We also have a Worshop meeting held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. These meetings provide a forum for whatever topic the members want to explore. Previous discussions have included Query Letters, Dialogue, Characterization, Plotting and The Hero's Journey. Any member willing to lead a discussion can request to do so.
Q: What are the rules for submitting?
A: To submit a work for critique, you must previously critique at least three other works, and attend two prior meetings. Sign up to submit here. There are other rules regarding deadlines and time between submissions. Make sure you read about them on the sign-up page.
Q: How and when do I submit?
A: If you are submitting for the month, please download the critique form (found in the Forms tab), fill out the author's portion, and attach it as the first page of your work. Send your submission (as a DOC file, please) via e-mail to one of the site moderators, Cathy Greco or David Volk, at least one week and one day before the meeting. Their email addresses are in the Members tab. For more important information on submitting, see here.
Q: What's this about an after-party?
A: Many of the members go out to the Bethel Park Eat 'n Park after the formal meeting is over. All are welcome.