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NEW UPDATE: In case you didn’t know, the ‘Berlin Fiction Writers Unite’ meetup is a fantastic way to reach out and stay in touch with other writers living in Berlin. Our next session will take place on April 27, 11-1pm. Are you around during this time? If so, you are more than welcome to come along and check us out. Now meeting every two weeks!


[Updated: April 2019]

Dear fiction writers,

I am delighted to announce a couple of new positive changes to our Meetup sessions!

Since introducing the ‘Read Aloud’ element to our Meetup last year, I have noticed a steady and significant rise in the number of people looking for more concrete feedback on their work. I guess this is something we are all looking for really but it got me thinking about how we can integrate this further to our meetings. With that in mind, here are the new changes I would like to get going:

  • NEW: STORY QUESTIONNAIRE AND CHECKLIST: To ensure more concrete reviews and feedback, I have created a story questionnaire & checklist (currently available in our Dropbox folder) that writers can use to hone their thoughts, prompt a discussion, or to act as a general thought-trigger. This can be used during the Read Aloud sessions, or as a way to preview work before we meet… which brings me to the next new area…
  • NEW: READ ALOUD & STORY ANALYSIS: The idea here is that we will begin using the questionnaire & checklist as a hook for more detailed feedback in conjunction with our Read Aloud sessions. Still going strong after one year, these sessions are a way for writers to read an excerpt from their work to get feedback from other writers. Please note that readings have a max 3-page or 1,500 words limit, and are conducted on the day of the meeting. Please also bring either paper copies (avg. 10+), or upload your work to Dropbox.
  • NEW: BETA READING & STORY ANALYSIS: I am inviting anyone to upload their work to our new Dropbox folder before we meet. Uploads can be full stories (1-3 chapters of a novel, short stories, flash fiction, scripts, etc.) – of any length. Using the story questionnaire & checklist, reviewers can read some/all of the work beforehand and start a discussion during the meeting on what they thought about it.

Since DropBox is a public tool, we need to discuss how to proceed with this going forward. This will a point of discussion at our next meeting (in addition to everything else above). Right now, you can upload/view files by logging into Dropbox at FictionWritersBerlin@gmail.com // PW: Berlin1974. [Please note that if you want to use it, you do so at your own risk. I do not accept responsibility for any loss or damages as a result of use].

As always though, don’t worry though if you are not ready to share your work – come along anyway. You can give the other writers some feedback on their work, or just stay for the chat and the chance to meet other writers like you. Oh, and emphasis is on fiction writing, and all work must be in English. Keep in mind that we are a friendly, informal group of writers – all are welcome!

Hope to see you at our next session. As always, happy writing!

Article written by Shane O’Halloran. Feel free to reach out to him via this blog, or on Twitter and Instagram under @SomeOddHat.

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