Led by Moaner T. Lawrence

    Nowadays finding a writing group is as easy as googling for a chapter in your neighborhood. However, many of us work two jobs, commute for several hours, and simply don’t have the time to meet up to practice writing… until today! 

Whether you’re just starting to submit your work, or you’re a seasoned writer, joining the HWA’s new online group can only advance your craft. With each new member, our writing group gains a unique body of knowledge from which participants can benefit. Membership will not directly lead to future work or publications, but the skills and contacts you’ll make through the program will be invaluable. 

In our closed group of ten, you’ll be able to hone and refine your talents with individuals who have just as much of a passion and determination to succeed in the genre as you do. Even if one participant may not be as far along in their career as another, everyone has something to offer. 

Turning in regular work will be compulsory to sustaining membership in the group, which in turn will lead you to becoming a more consistent and better paced writer. Likewise, reading the work from your peers and commenting will allow you to train your skills in proofreading and critical thinking. Varying assignment topics from week to week will keep you on your toes and your ideas fresh and dynamic. Sign up today! Seating is limited!

Number Chosen for Group: 10 members of the HWA
Length of Group: 10 weeks (next one starts shortly after the current one finishes)
Deadline for Submission: submit at any time (we choose from the whole pool; you can withdraw your name from the list at any time through Submittable)

[People who sign up will get an email with the anti-harassment policy, the disclaimer, and the following questions. They will also agree to a small survey at the end of the ten weeks so that they can give us feedback on the course.]

The Rules of Fright Club

Rule# 1. You don’t talk about Fright Club.
By agreeing to participate in this group you also agree to not talk about the work that you critique. Writing groups are about trust, and if it’s discovered that you discuss, disseminate, or share another participant’s writing, you will no longer be allowed to participate. The group material is the intellectual property of Moaner T. Lawrence and the HWA. If it’s discovered that you talk about the course material online, or anywhere else, you’re out.

Rule# 2. You don’t talk about Fright Club.
You will be kicked out of Fright Club for violating rules number 1 and 2.

Rule# 3. You have to critique, and you have to do it constructively. For the sake of time and efficiency, participants will be broken into pairs so that each writing assignment will be reviewed by two participants. Each week you and your partner will be able to focus on two papers instead of ten. In addition, Moaner will also critique your critiquing. The end result will be that each assignment will receive attention from at least three sets of eyes.

Rule# 4. You have to turn in work regularly.
A writing group without work to critique is not a writing group. You will need to complete the assignments that are given to you weekly, and you have to meet the word count.

Rule# 5. You have to show up. If you don’t show up to two meetings, then you’re out of the group and you won’t be invited to return.

Rule# 6. You will agree and adhere to the HWA Online Writing Group’s anti-harassment policy.  You cannot enter the group without agreeing to the anti-harassment policy.

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Anti-Harassment Policy
“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” - Frederick Nietzsche

There cannot be a writing group without a certain amount of honest criticism.

As horror writers, it is necessary for us to synthesize a certain amount of torment and discomfort to assist readers in creating a willing suspension of disbelief. Creating a supreme work of entertainment born of negativity is arguably the purest alchemy. To that end, we walk a fine line because many of our gifts are born of pained memories, or frustrated feelings. It is possible that when we spend large amounts of time working solitarily in the corners of a personal abyss that we become too engrossed in it. In those pits, precision becomes persecution, walls of comfort turn to cages of vanity, and that urge to create an entertaining work of horror can sometimes mislead us to say things we shouldn’t to our fellow writer. In Submittable, everyone will see everyone else’s notes, and I expect that everyone will be respectful of everyone else’s work. If you want to be successful in the world of writing, choosing your words carefully is a necessary skill. It is going to be challenging enough to create a good, short work of fiction in ten weeks with several smaller assignments given to you in-between, without thinking that your group is going to attack you. Therefore, it is vital that each of us create an environment of compassion for our fellow writer. If you are not sure about a comment – ASK before you write it.

Those who come into this writing group looking for an easy outlet to bully others will quickly find themselves out of it, because the well-being of the group is not a democracy, it is a Moaner-chy.

Depending upon the degree of what is said or conveyed there are two outcomes. The first possibility is that it is determined that you have inadvertently insulted someone during a critique. You will get a warning, and you will rephrase your critique. At the next offense, you will no longer be allowed to participate. So long as both offenses are inadvertent, you may apply for next year. The other, more regretful possibility is that it is determined that your behavior was intentionally offensive. In that case you will be taken out of the group immediately. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, pejorative language, or overtly sexually aggressive communication. In the second case, whether or not the participant in question may reapply next year is left to the discretion of the HWA.

It’s ten weeks. Let’s make the best of them!