IVPL Writer’s Group

The IVPL Writer’s Group is a group of aspiring authors who meet monthly to critique each other’s work, discuss the craft of writing, and encourage one another’s efforts in putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys, as it may be). We are all at different stages in the process of completing and publishing our work, but our common bond is a passion for the written word.

At each meeting, two or three members volunteer to share their work to be critiqued, and the next time we gather, the piece is discussed. The goal is to offer constructive criticism with the intent to help the writer improve. Submissions have included short stories, essays, poems, biographies, and novels of science fiction, mystery and young adult.

If you find yourself editing this paragraph while you read, maybe you should consider joining us. New members are welcome.

Check the library calendar for upcoming dates.

Submission Guidelines

Maximum of 20 pages

Double-spaced to provide room for editing notes

Number pages

Add an “Author’s Note” stating if the work is a short story or part of a novel, and describe if there is something specific you’d like us to look for as we read

Add a “Caution Note” to the first page if the work contains extreme violence (e.g., rape)

Leave a few paper copies at the reference desk for those that weren’t able to attend the meeting

Item of Interest:

Writer’s Podcast: “I Should be Writing” hosted by Mur Lafferty. Mur is very serious about helping would-be authors achieve their dreams, and her show is quite entertaining. http://isbw.murlafferty.com/