|NONFICTION WRITING GROUP
Writing Group Guidelines
To promote nonfiction writing primarily by providing support and guidance
to dedicated writers of short literary nonfiction essays, magazine articles
and columns. We encourage group members in their pursuit of publication
in whatever form it may take through a regular forum for detailed, constructive
critiques, sharing of work, through the discipline of regular presentations.
1. The focus of this group will include traditionally reported magazine
articles as well as literary nonfiction, including essays, creative
nonfiction, memoir and columns. Experimental forms are not our focus,
but are welcome.
2. We generally meet once a month on the last Thursday evening of the
month in west Knoxville, and we look for commitment to regular attendance
3. Members submit on a rotating basis and while the schedule may be
flexible to individual needs, we expect that each member will be submitting
4. If the group gets too large, say 8 people or more, we will need to
adjust the way the group operates or consider breaking into two groups.
5. Generally, two writers’ submit a piece about one week before
that month’s meeting via the group’s google group list.
Each reviewer provides written and oral critiques as well as editorial
comments on the hard copy at the meeting.
6. We will be honest, diplomatic and constructive, with the goal of
helping each other improve our work.
7. Because submissions are made by e-mail, and the group members stay
in touch for writing support between meetings via a google group, potential
members must be computer literate.
8. We strive for long-term participation to create a nurturing, productive
and supportive group of dedicated nonfiction writers.
9. All Nonfiction/Magazine Writing Group members must be current dues-paying
members of the Knoxville Writers' Guild.
10. Admission is by application and invitation. Those interested should
submit a brief bio describing their writing history and interests as
well as their reasons for wanting to join the group to the group facilitator.
They should also provide two writing samples. The subject line of the
e-mail to the facilitator should include “KWG nonfiction writing
group.” The facilitator will distribute the materials to the group
members, which will come to a consensus and inform the applicant.