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Black Lives Matter

The Tampa Writers Alliance supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is our goal to help foster change that leads to the end of systemic racism in the United States. We encourage all creative writing endeavors that enable change by educating, enlightening, and inspiring a climate of equality.

We thrive on creative diversity and offer a limited number of scholarships to those who may want to participate in our learning journey but may not currently have the means to do so. For more information, please contact critique@tampawriters.org.


November Workshop (via video call): First Page Critique

Wednesday, November 4 at 6:30 pm

Submit your first page on the TWA website, and then join us via Zoom to receive a constructive critique that will improve your work!

To land an agent or captivate readers, consider the following as you create your first page:

  • Write a powerful first line that engages readers
  • Introduce an interesting and likeable protagonist
  • Establish the tone and mood of the story
  • Disclose time period/genre/setting
  • Write in a consistent POV
  • Use vivid verbs
  • Hook your reader!

We will critique submissions in the order received.

Formatting Guidelines:

  • One page. ONE!
  • Times New Roman
  • 12-point font
  • Double spaced
  • No more than 299 words
  • Include your name, book title, genre, intended audience

How to connect for the November Speaker:

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83330448597?pwd=SEhuVzNTYkpUSS9BY3NnWnhkVGYwZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers.
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

The TWA Critique group will meet via video call

Here’s how it works:

  1. Download and critique submissions in advance, like always.
  2. On Wednesday connect via video call to share your critiques. The meeting will start at 6:30. 
  3. Email your comments directly to the author after the critique. The author’s email address will be included in their submission. 

How to connect for the critique group (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month):

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83330448597?pwd=SEhuVzNTYkpUSS9BY3NnWnhkVGYwZz09
  2. Your system may ask you to open or download the Zoom program. Say yes. 
  3. You’ll be presented with a screen of phone numbers like this: 
  4. Here’s where you have an option.
    1. If you have an excellent internet signal and you are secure in your computer’s microphone and speaker ability, click on the “Computer Audio” option. 
    2. If you are unsure, then use your phone to call in. This means you will do all of your audio via phone, and your computer will just be used for video. (This is what most people should choose.) 
      1. On your phone, dial one of those numbers (there are so many because there are so many users trying to access Zoom these days. Just pick one). 
      2. When prompted, enter the Meeting ID. 
      3. When prompted, enter the Participant ID. (Scroll down to view it.) If you can’t find it, press #. 
  5. You should now be connected to both video and audio. 

Some things you should know:

  • I may mute you. I have some admin controls that allow me to address issues as they arise. I’ll use them as needed to help the meeting succeed. 
  • This might not work for all people on all systems. In general, video calls require a decent internet connection, and updated browser, and a few other tech requirements. We are choosing one of the most flexible video call platforms to help ease this, and we’ll do our best to support you, but please be patient. This is best effort on our part. 
  • This might be lumpy. There may be errors. We’ll figure this out as we go. 

FAQs

Can I mail my critiques to the author? 

No. We are not providing home addresses of the authors. Please send your comments via email. 

I hate technology and I don’t want to do this. 

That’s okay. You are welcome to download the submissions and email your comments directly to the author. No need to attempt the video call. Or, you can wait for the live group to resume. 

Is this free? 

Using the Zoom software to join this call is free. TWA is paying for a Zoom Pro membership to make this work. Your annual dues are covering this cost. Thanks for being a member and making this possible! 

What other questions do you have?

Email them to info@aksnyderbooks.com. 

Thanks for your patience as we work through the lumps in the process! Looking forward to seeing you all. 

Alycea