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How to Create and Run a Virtual Writing Group
with Carla King in conversation with Taryn Edwards via Zoom

In partnership with the San Francisco Writers Conference and the Women's National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.

Whether you need to move your writing group online or you want to start a new group, find out about the tools and processes that can help you make it a success. We’ll discuss tools for document submission and commenting, videoconferencing, plus membership and mailing list management tools. Processes include meeting frequency, submission guidelines (word count), critique guidelines (etiquette), moderating, timing, and more. There will be time for Q&A.
This meeting will take place over Zoom. To register click here.

Carla King has been a member of many different kinds of writing groups over the years. In 2001, her group self-published an anthology, titled Wild Writing Women: Stories of World Travel, that was later sold to a New York publishing house. In March of 2020, she set up a Virtual Travel Writing Group in response to the shelter-in-place order. Carla is the author of multiple memoirs on her travels and how-to books on self-publishing. She is Director of Business Development for San Francisco Writers Conference, an editor, book coach, publishing coach, publishing consultant, and speaker. Check out her Self-Pub Boot Camp series of workshops, online courses, and free resources for authors.


Taryn Edwards is a Librarian, Historian and Strategic Parnterships Manager for the Mechanics' Institute. She manages the writers activities there and works with other nonprofits to achieve mutual goals. Currently the Mechanics' Institute hosts 13 writers groups and a wealth of other activities aimed at the writing community of the San Francisco Bay Area.




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