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Piper Online Book Club Guidelines

  1. This book group will read works of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.  Authors whose work is selected usually visit the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing during the semester in which the book is read. This allows club members the opportunity to hear authors read from their work.
  2. In our busy lives, time is valuable. If you are reading the current selection and don’t care for it, try giving it 100 pages before you quit. If you decide that you still don’t like it, you may still opt to participate in the online discussion. Sometimes a discussion with others can take you back to the book and allow you a different access point.
  3. We come to the group as equals. All have an opportunity to read and express thoughts and feelings.
  4. There is no truth when discussing a book. There are no right answers. We all read the same words, but we each read a different book. We filter meaning through our own life experiences and come together to broaden our own world.
  5. Different perspectives make the discussion interesting. Although we may have opposing points of view, we respect the ideas of each person. This is an opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the authors as well as other members of the group.
  6. We enhance our understanding of the book through discussions that focus on the material in the book. Any branch we follow initiates from the themes and ideas in the book and stays within those parameters. If you have related “items” to share, they add to the discussion.
  7. Get to know new people, enjoy stimulating discussion, and discover wonderful books. Learn from each other and share your thoughts, reflections, and responses.