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Meeting Time and Location:
Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the International Friendship Club (IFC), from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon every Saturday morning. The IFC is located above the HSBC bank building on Insurgentes Avenue, just north of the bridge over Rio Cuale Island in El Centro.
Our weekly agenda is determined by group moderator Don Gallery. You can reach Don via email in the Members section, and you can also request time on the weekly agenda by filling out a simple form in the Meetings section. Click on the Meetings link and follow the instructions!
WRITERS GROUP BULLETIN BOARD
Please feel free to use this Bulletin Board to share news, information, opinion, and resources directly related to the craft of writing and to the business of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group.
Please do not use the Bulletin Board for any other purpose, in accordance with the website terms of usage found at the link below. Inappropriate messages will be deleted at the discretion of the Website Moderator. Help us maintain a useful and informational Bulletin Board for the enjoyment and benefit of all group members! .. Website Usage Guidelines
To post a message to the Bulletin Board, you must be registered with the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group Website.
LATEST TOPIC POSTING . . .
2007-04-25 . . . from: Daniel Grippo
PRESENTING BOOK REVIEWS TO PUERTO VALLARTA WRITER’S GROUP
PRESENTING BOOK REVIEWS TO PUERTO VALLARTA WRITER’S GROUP
Provided to the PV Writers Group by Ginger Tindall
Rationale: Since the 3rd Millennium BC, when the ‘Epic of Gilgamesh’ was inscribed on clay tablets; aspiring authors have gained inspiration and refined their “craft” by studying and discussing the works of prior and current writers.
A. Enhanced “critical” reading ability.
B. Increased familiarity with the structural elements and terminology frequently used to provide constructive feedback.
C. Exposure to a wide variety of genres and writing styles.
D. Acquisition of “insider” information regarding the process of becoming an established author by discovering “how” a specific writer achieved success.
An Optional Presentation Format:
1. Title, author, publisher, date of publication and specific genre; literary fiction, mystery, thriller, horror, science fiction, western, romance or other?
2. Why did you choose to present this particular book?
3. How was this story told: single vision or multiple-vision? Did the narrator write in the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd person? Was the language used, formal or informal? Did the narrator’s descriptions reflect the consciousness of the “point of view” character or characters? As a reader did you feel close to the action or more like an observer?
4. Was the story “driven” forward by a character, the plot, or the passage of time?
5. Was the main character well-developed? Were the secondary characters believable? Did the dialogue sound real? (Consider reading several brief excerpts to demonstrate the author’s characterization and dialogue skills.)
6. What was the protagonist’s “expressed” desire? (Consider reading the segment where you learned what the main character “initially” thought he or she wanted.)
7. Was the major conflict internal, or caused by external circumstances?
8. Did the protagonist “change or grow” by the end of the book? (Consider reading an excerpt that describes the “outlook” of the main character at the beginning of the tale and another that demonstrates his or her “state of mind” at the time the story comes to a close.)
9. Did you like or dislike the protagonist? Why?
10. What was the overall “theme”? Some examples of themes are: “growing up”, “finding true love”, “persisting despite adversity”, “betrayal”, “the perils of war”, “coping with loss”, “finding a treasure”, “disillusionment”, “enlightenment”, “seeking identity”, “the rise and fall of a dynasty”, “the impact of national or world events on individual lives”, “challenging nature”, “good versus evil”.
11. What are the author’s strengths? What is the author’s greatest weakness? (Consider supporting your opinion by reading excerpts that support your opinion.)
12. How did the author of the book become published and acquire wide readership? Do you predict the “work” you reviewed will or will not, remain “in print” for many years?
MEMBERS – EMAIL – POSTINGS
Once registered, members are free to post their own writings by clicking on the “Update Info” button at the top of the Members page.
Click on the word “Read” next to a member’s name to see their postings. You can also email a member by clicking on the word “Email” next to his or her name.
It’s easy to sign up and to post your writings, so visit the Members section today!
MARKETS & RESOURCES
This section includes articles that provide helpful information on the art and craft of writing and editing, and information on markets, contests, and other avenues for getting your work published.
Products and services that help writers accomplish these goals will also be posted here.
To request that an item be posted to this section, please click on the Markets & Resources section and follow the instructions.
This section includes website links that provide helpful information on the art and craft of writing and editing, and information on markets, contests, and other avenues for getting your work published.
To request that an item be posted to this section, please click on the Links section and follow the instructions.
If the Writers Group sponsors a special event, such as a book signing or a Writing Workshop, this is the section where that information will be posted.
As well, if you know of something happening in Puerto Vallarta that would be of interest to members of the Writer’s Group, especially literary and cultural events, these can be posted here.
Members who are away from PV and are involved in events elsewhere that would be of interest to our membership can also let us know of these events in this section.
Click on the Events section and follow the instructions to request a posting.
Here’s the place to learn about the history of the Puerto Vallarta Writers Group. One of our group members is currently working on compiling this history.
If you wish to contribute information, photos, anecdotes, please click on the About Us link and follow the instructions.
If you need information about life in Puerto Vallarta, you can also find it here.
Need help getting around the website? Unsure which section an item should be posted to? Have an idea on how to enhance the website? Concerned about any of the website’s contents? You’ll want to be in contact with the Website Liaison.
Having technical problems with the website? Can’t get your Member registration or Article posting to work? For technical and programming questions, or to report a malfunction, you’ll want to click on the Webmaster link.
Soon we will have the capability to search the site by entering a word or words in a keyword search. More news to come!
The Puerto Vallarta Writers Group and Writers Group Website is made possible by the donated labor of group members and supporters. We thank all who donate their time and talent to making this one of PV’s liveliest and longest running Groups.
Our website programming and hosting is made possible because of the generous assistance of our Webmaster, Jim Faelker. Jim is available to help you with your website and internet marketing needs, and can be reached by contacting Webmaster.
Contact the Website Liaison if you wish to support or enhance our website in some way. Thanks to all!