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Why Critiques?

If we take what we learned in our last session with Donna into practice, it is easy to see that joining a critique group is an important part of revising our own work.  When we enter the stage where we take the focus off of ourselves and onto our reader…..well, we’ll need readers!

Our guild puts a priority on having critique sessions several times a year.  Come prepared on the first Sunday of April, April 6th to be exact, to join a critique group as a paricipant and bring a manuscript (5 copies) for us to read over and to comment on. (See the Guidelines).

Be prepared to tell us what kind of help you want.  Do you want our reaction as readers? Do you want us to proofread?  Tell us.

Plan to join a group of 5 individuals, to be polite, helpful, and encouraging.

We’ll also have a table with a creative writing exercise for those who didn’t have time to bring something for critique groups.  In any case, it will be a profitable afternoon. See you then!


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Thanks to Donna

Thanks to Donna for coming to the guild meeting to be our speaker.  It was a refreshing look at the writing process from beginning to end.  I especially appreciated the focus of each stage…on ourselves in the first stages and a turning to our readers and readers’ needs in the latter stages.

PS  Check out the Creative Writing Viting Writers Series, Karen Russen at Memorial Union, Room S304,  April 10, @ 7:30 p.m.  Cost: Free.  Karen is a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her fiction, “Swamplandia!”

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Hoping to see you this Sunday, March 9th

March 9, 2014— Speaker:  Donna Volkenannt,  
Topic:    “Polish your Prose:  Practical Editing and Revision Tips”
(Unity Center, 2:00 p.m.  @1600 W. Broadway, Columbia.)

Donna Volkenannt believes words have the power to inspire, uplift, and heal. Her works have won more than 100 awards, including the 2012 Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award, honorable mention in the Steinbeck short story competition, and nominations for a Pushcart Prize and a Spur award. Although poetry is not her forte, she agrees with the editing advice attributed to Dr. Seuss:  “So the writer who breeds more words than he needs is making a chore for the reader who reads.”

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