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The Downers Grove Writers' Workshop meets at the Downers Grove Library at 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, in the north meeting room on the first floor on the second and fourth Monday of each month at 7:00PM.
How We Work
Members of the group that have been attending for any period of time concur that the 'workshop' process improves their writing. The following illustrates our process.
At the end of each meeting, up to three members will volunteer to reading their material at the next meeting.
Members must be present to volunteer.
During the intervening period, those volunteers will upload their selection of up to 3500 words (2000 to 3000 is typical) to the "members only" Access Page on this website where it will be available for download to the rest of the workshop members. This should ideally be done at least a week before the meeting at which they are scheduled to read.
Attending members can print and thoughtfully critique submitted material before they are read by the writer at the next meeting.
After a member reads his or her piece out loud, the rest of the group offers verbal suggestions. The written critiques on copies that members bring are also given to the author.
Members are encouraged to share information on submission opportunities, writing workshops and courses, and publishing tips.
Access to the Members Access page, where files may be uploaded and downloaded, is granted to anyone who attends and agrees to the guidelines mentioned below. Uploaded files cannot be seen by non-members.