So I’ve been discussing this with a few members over the last few months, along with getting some input from other sources on how to run/manage such a group and I think a list of activities and hard/fast rules needs to be drawn up before hand (having heard some horror stories from other event organisers, I think this is wise).
Below will be a few basic ‘common sense’ rules and advisories, but please feel free to chime in with anything else you guys may feel is needed or required.
Practical writing tips and advice (Open Discussion).
Reading and Feedback (Group Activity, members critique each others work, will need some rules on just what counts as ‘critique’ however).
Book Club (If you are going to write, you’re going to read, and review what you’ve read (well, I do) so this could work out well as a group activity).
Be respectful of other group members and their work.
Advice shall be given freely, and followed at the receivers whims.
No books or novella length work please, stories of 2000 words or there about’s ONLY (lets not have one person dominate the entire session shall we). Hard Cap at 3000 words with the organizers prior consent (via group chat or email so there is a record of it).
NO PORN OF ANY DESCRIPTION! (I can’t believe some places DIDN’T have this as a rule to start with.)
NO Snuff or extreme horror/gore. (Sword being thrust into someone = acceptable, watching a graphic scene as the entrails spill across the floor in a puddle or fresh ichor = NO!)
Public or group reading (read to the group out aloud) to be kept under 5 minutes. Anything longer than that and people tend to lose interest, much like a party political broadcast.
Ages 12 and over, although those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
There’s more, but I’ll leave this here for everyone else to feedback and add to.
Also, DAYS TO GATHER!
I’ve been contemplating when is best to run the group for everyone. Weekdays are awkward for most people, but weekends tend to be ‘family/shopping time’ for others, so I’d be hoping to run this on a Saturday/Sunday, depending on feedback. Thoughts.