The workshop meets at the Downers Grove Library, at 7:00 PM, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, in the north meeting room on the first floor on the second and fourth Monday of each month.
We are a leaderless group. Our process is what drives the meetings. At each meeting, up to three volunteers will commit to reading at the next meeting. During the intervening period, those volunteers will upload their selection to our Member "only" Access Page where it will be available for download to the rest of the workshop. The downloaded documents can then be printed and thoughtfully critiqued before they are read. Ideally members will have their material available at least a week before the meeting at which they are scheduled to read. After a member reads his or her piece out loud, the rest of the group offers verbal suggestions and the written critiques on members' copies are also given to the author.
Members also provide information on submission opportunities, writing workshops and courses, and publishing tips.
Since we all share the goal of becoming better writers, the criticism is always polite and constructive. Members of the group that have been attending for any period of time concur that the 'workshop' process improves their writing.
There are no requirements for membership, access to the Members Access page, where files may be uploaded and downloaded, is granted to anyone who attends and expresses an interest in joining the group, but otherwise cannot be seen by non members.