This is a complete experiment, so I am limiting the participants to 10 readers. You can still join the meeting, but only the first 10 to register will be able to read their work. There will be a waitlist, so have something available to read in case someone doesn't show up.
Total registration will be limited to 20, just because we've never done this before and are not sure how it will work.
We will be using Zoom, and you will get an invitation via email when you register and again the day of the Cafe.
Zoom is pretty easy to use, though it does have a lot of features.
If you have never used Zoom, download the app and familiarize yourself with the controls. Once downloaded and installed, start a meeting. This will give you access to all the options you will need for the Cafe.
Your meeting will only have you in it, but all the controls work. You can adjust your camera, the audio and see what you will look like at the Cafe.
(No, we don't care if you wear an old sweatshirt!)
Once you are comfortable with the controls, simply end your meeting.
Here is a YouTube tutorial on how to join a meeting. There are many of these on YouTube, so you should be able to find one that works for you.
At the Cafe you will be expected to handle your own session.
Be sure to enable your video, anyone joining without video will be kicked off.
Meeting will start at 6:55 on April 9. Be prompt!
If this works out, we may make this a regular feature, especially good for those who live too far or are reluctant to drive at night.
Other than than that, the rules are the same:
If you would like a Read and Critique, bring about 500-700 words to read to the group and get instant feedback about your work. Any genre, fiction or non-fiction, poetry, screenplays or memoirs are all welcome.
500 words is 2 pages TNR 12 point font, double spaced, 1" margins all around.