The Swap Meet, a manuscript exchange group, is on the lookout for writers who have completed novel manuscripts and are ready to give and receive effective, supportive feedback. The Swap Meet will meet for 2 hours every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. There will be an hour-long initial meeting held on October 15, 2019, which will serve as an orientation for the group and give us a chance to introduce ourselves. Meetings will be held at The Slide Inn, located at 2348 SE Ankeny St, Portland, OR 97214. Manuscripts are requested to be at least two drafts in and at most 100,000 words. All genres are welcome.
Each meeting, we will critique a full manuscript. The submitting writer is encouraged to include questions or areas of concern with their submission. The group facilitator will then use this as a guideline for the discussion of the manuscript. Alternatively, if no questions are included in the submission, the facilitator will determine the topics for discussion, which will then serve as a starting point for the workshop. The submitting writer will have an opportunity to ask questions during the last half hour of the meeting. Prior to that, the rest of the group will have the floor to discuss the submitted manuscript. Each critiquing writer will be required to provide the submitting author with one page of written feedback.
The Swap Meet’s goal is to provide writers with a way to have their entire novel read over a two-week period, which will allow for timely, holistic feedback.
The group will be facilitated by yours truly, Jared Linder. I am a board member of the People’s Colloquium, a local writing nonprofit. I majored in English with an emphasis in creative writing at USC, before heading to law school. I currently work part time as an attorney to support my writing. I have attended several courses at the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, as well as participated in a number of independent critique groups. I am also a facilitator at the People’s Ink, the writing workshop branch of the People’s Colloquium. At the People’s Ink, I was a member of a manuscript-swap group that followed the format outlined above, and I found it very helpful. I am working on a novel (speculative literary) that is going to come in somewhere around 80,000 words.
All interested writers can reach me at email@example.com. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have.