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Writers Group for Poets

Meets last Thursday of each month from 6:00-8:00 pm

Original poems are read and, if desired, constructive comments are offered by group members.

Meeting Protocol

  • Bring your own copies (generally, 10) to share. The library will print your copies for you if you email your poem to: willimanticpubliclibrary@biblio.org by the day before the meeting.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Assess how many people are reading by 6:15 PM and divide the time evenly.
  • One person volunteers to be the timer.
  • Latecomers will read last if time permits (late is defined after the initial count of readers is established).
  • Listen respectfully.
  • Anticipate your turn and be ready.
  • Distribute half of your copies to the left and half to the right.
  • Before reading your poem state your name and let everyone know if they can keep a copy of your poem and what type of feedback you’d like (none, only positive, constructive criticism).
  • Limit poem to one-two pages.
  • At the sound of the timer/buzzer, wind up comments.
  • If you make comments on someone's poem sign your name and return poem to poet.
  • If you do not have a poem of your own, you can read a poem from another poet.
  • Listen, respect, encourage, support, be inspired, and have fun.

Meeting Protocol PDF

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