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“You fail only if you stop writing.”   —Ray Bradbury

TWA is Back for Hybrid Zoom/In-Person Meetings!

Tampa’s longest-running writing group survived the pandemic Zoom-only pivot and will now meet via hybrid Zoom/in-person meetings.

Come down and hang out with your TWA family in the flesh, or continue to log in via Zoom–the choice is yours!

Location: North Tampa Branch Public Library, Classroom 9, 8916 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33604–just south of the intersection of North Boulevard and Busch Boulevard.

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Note: For now, these hybrid meetings will only be for critique sessions, which occur on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. The speaker workshops on the first of the month will continue to be Zoom-only. But stay tuned for news on when that will change!

 

October Guest Speaker: Arielle Haughee

Topic: Your Pacing Score: A Numeric System for Finding Slow Spots (and Tips to Fix Them)

Wednesday, October 5, 2022, at 6:30 pm

One of the most common issues in novel drafts is pacing. Too fast? Too slow? Saggy middle? The initial challenge is gaining perspective on your manuscript. That’s where a scoring system can help you analyze your scene flow and determine slow spots. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to score your scenes, determine the appropriate flow of pacing, and get top tips for how to adjust your scene as needed.

Author Bio:

Arielle Haughee (Hoy) is a six-time RPLA-winning author and the owner of Orange Blossom Publishing. She is an editor, speaker, and writing coach, and was previously the Executive Vice President and Marketing Chair for the Florida Writers Association. She was honored with the President’s Award from FWA in 2020, and in 2021 Pling’s Party was awarded Children’s Book of the Year. Her press, Orange Blossom Publishing, publishes books about love, humor, and wellness for women and children.
 

 

How to connect for the October speaker:

  1. At 6:15, click this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81486424433?pwd=TGtaL1NkeGRhS01SZURsNExEQnhvZz09
  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. 

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The TWA Critique group will meet via hybrid video call/in-person.

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. 

The location for folks who want to meet in person is North Tampa Branch Public Library, in Classroom 9.

The address is: 8916 N Blvd, Tampa, FL 33604. It is just south of the intersection of North Boulevard and Busch Boulevard.

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/81486424433?pwd=TGtaL1NkeGRhS01SZURsNExEQnhvZz09
  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.  (814 8642 4433)
      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