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Next Meeting April 22, 2013 at 7:00 PM

We're excited to see you! Please come to the next meeting of the Rockwall Christian Writers Group, Monday April 22 from 7--9:30 at Lakepointe Church, room W-214.


Park on the Chili's side of the building. Enter the West Wing (near the parking garage). We meet on the second floor toward the back of that wing. Don't forget to dress in layers. The church is often chilly.

If you'd like to have us critique your work, please bring 5 pages, double spaced, at least eight copies. Times New Roman font with one inch margins. Numbering your pages helps. Click here to read about our procedures. 

Click here to read more about us and how we do things. (We promise, we won't freak you out!)

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Everything You Need to Know About Us

Welcome to the Rockwall Christian Writers Group!

Mission Statement: To encourage fellow writers in the pursuit of publication while striving for the highest writing standards and to maintain our integrity and goal of glorifying God in all that we do.

Schedule: We will meet the fourth Monday of every month in Room W-214 of LakePointe Church (701 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall) from 7:00-9:30 P.M.


Approximately half of the time will be spent sharing/networking with one another about the following:

· Overviews of what we have been writing
· Industry information (who has merged, who is looking for what)
· Valuable websites
· Tools for writers (books, pamphlets, and other resources)
· Agent and publisher information and contacts
· Suggestions for getting published, marketing when published, etc.

The other half of our time together will be spent reading our work aloud and offering a helpful critique including:

· Proof-reading for errors
· Evaluation of style (both positive and negative)
· Suggestions for changes in the margins

Please bring any resources you wish to share as well as any work you want critiqued (up to 5 pages double-spaced with at least one-inch margins). We will hand out copies to everyone who comes, so be sure to have at least six copies of your work.

Membership information: There are no dues (at this point) or membership requirements (attendance, preparation) other than a love of writing. Just show up when it is convenient for you and encourage your fellow writers when you do. I would like to put together a roster with basic information, especially e-mail addresses, so please sign in.

Note: Please publicize this group to whomever you wish. As we grow we can better serve the individual needs of our members. Just to let you know, your work need not be Christian in nature, but rather, we want to provide a place for Christians to share information and critique work without being offended by the nature of work submitted for review.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions about this group, please contact Leslie Wilson at

Critique Procedures

Critique Procedures for RCWG

1. Manuscripts should be five pages or less, double-spaced, 12-point font, one-inch margins, header or footer with author name and page numbers. Bring enough for each person to have his/her own copy.

2. A member of the group will read the work aloud while others evaluate as they follow along.

3. Members write editorial comments on the manuscript. They ask questions, point out difficulties, and may suggest a different outline or approach. They may write a summary comment at the end and sign their name.

4. Comments do not necessarily tell the author what to write, but suggest improvements to make the manuscript marketable. Members share a few of these comments with the group as time allows.

5. Members should strive to give honest opinions, tempered with kindness. Be sure to make positive comments on the things that you like!

6. The reader of the manuscript will act as the evaluator for a general overview and discussion, including a page-by-page evaluation of the syntax, word choice, and clarity. Punctuation and spelling are marked on the manuscript but are not covered in the discussion except when a rule is in question.

7. During the group discussion, the author should listen and glean the valuable critique information. He or she may ask questions, but please refrain from (long) explanations of the work.

8. No author has to accept or implement anyone’s comments. Take the ones that help; forget the rest.

9. Authors are encouraged to revise and resubmit the same material (if desired) until the group believes it is ready for publication.