You will notice that I have not listed a time or date in this which, of course, you would want to include if that information has already been decided on by a group that is already meeting. At the time I wrote this, it had not been, so I included a section a the end (omitted here) to request a consensus on that.
First of all, let me share my personal vision for this new group. I have served as the president for an ACW critique group for about 8 years in Moscow, Idaho, and it was an incredibly valuable part of my personal growth as a writer and as a person. But, there are also some strategies I've learned along the way that I feel are important to adhere to in order to get the most out of the group, so I will list them for you.
1. Christian: This will be a writers' group for Christians only, although I reserve the right to invite non-Christian guest speakers from time to time. I don't expect us all to be of the same denomination or to agree on everything. However, I do expect the primary focus for both ourselves and our writing to be to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ--whether it is done in an overt, obvious way or not. We will be holding one another to this standard.
4. Location: [NAME OF SOME COFFEE SHOP] (This is subject to change, if necessary.)
6. Accepted Writing Styles: Both fiction and non-fiction are acceptable; however, if you are writing non-fiction, we prefer creative non-fiction, such as theology, memoirs, etc. Please don't bring in a technical manual on aviation for us to critique. We're also not interested in proofing your Music History 101 papers for you.
10. Punctuality: People arriving 5 minutes late is one thing. People coming in (particularly if it's the leader) 20 minutes late is something else altogether. As your leader, I will do my best to arrive on time, if not early, and I humbly ask for the same effort from the other participants. (Of course, life does happen sometimes, so we can be flexible as needed.)
11. Group Size: 5-8 people is ideal for intimate discussion. But, if more people show up, we will just split into smaller groups after announcements for the critiquing portion of the meeting, so don't let number limits keep you from inviting or bringing friends! The more the merrier!