SOL16 Day 21 of 31: Critique Group

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Today is one of my favorite days each month.  It’s the day where four of us meet to critique each other’s work.  Three of the four of us have been together for almost nine years.

Each of us writes in different genres: fantasy, horror, memoir, and realistic fiction. I am currently on break for my realistic fiction novel in verse manuscript. (Soon to get back to it).

Tonight I have a piece I am working on for submission to Chicken Soup for Your Soul.  It’s about being a step-mom.

Our process is to bring food and have a meal together.  Then we each take turns reading and getting feedback.

I always leave with insights I hadn’t considered. I have grown as a writer from giving feedback as well.  I also  realize that I am a writer who loves to workshop my pieces.  I don’t think that I knew that seven years ago.

At evening’s end, I always wish that I could have the following day off to just immerse myself in writing.

 

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3 Responses to SOL16 Day 21 of 31: Critique Group

  1. Veronica says:

    I tried starting a group at school, but it’s sputtering. I try to keep in mind that it’s experimentation and next year will be better. Maybe we need to add food!

    Wonderful to hear about this and that it’s been working for you. Your’e so fortunate, Jone!

  2. Tara Smith says:

    What a nurturing group – nine years!

  3. djvichos says:

    This is a beautiful tradition! You just gave me a great idea. It sounds perfect: eat, workshop, leave inspired!

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