Critique Meeting

Hi Everyone, please join us for our weekly critique meeting. We are holding this every Saturday afternoon at Vie de Boheme Winery (which is open to all ages). They have a great back room that can be closed off from the rest of the restaurant so it's an ideal place for reading aloud.

We are using a read-aloud format. If you wish to have your work critiqued, please bring a short piece or chapter (about 2-3 double-spaced pages) to read out loud to the group. It can be any genre, including non-fiction or poetry, but we do ask that the material be PG-13 as we are in a public place and don't put age restrictions on our writers. You don't have to read - you can show up to listen and critique or just listen. We don't have set time limits on critiques - all we ask is that you be mindful of how many readers are reading after you so that everyone gets a chance to read. We don't charge for the meetings, but we do ask that everyone buy something to support the venue so they let us come back. :)

Please RSVP so we have an accurate count to give the restaurant.

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  • Katie A.

    At the December 7th meeting, I occasionally found it difficult to share my critiques because there was so much talking all at once. When I am interrupted, I tend to not regain control of the wheel because doing so is outside of my personality. In the future, it would be wonderful for attendees to do a quick double-check that whoever is speaking at the moment is finished before chiming in with their thoughts. I realize there was an abundance of time-to-reader ratio on the 7th and so it was much less of an issue; however, we are also there to share, both work and critiques to make the work better, and I don't want to feel that I was unable to give as much to the reader/writer as they gave to me due to interruptions. Otherwise, it was a great, insightful time and I dearly look forward to our next meeting.

    1 · December 8, 2013

    • Mark H.

      We do want to continue to have everyone engaged, but we also want everyone to have an opportunity to critique (in a positive manner). When members interrupt one another's critiques, it makes it difficult for everyone. Also, we need to remember to keep the critiques positive. We are here to facilitate each others quest to become better writers. Not everyone is going to like, or (feel engaged) in everyone else's writing. That doesn't mean it isn't quality work, or that it needs to be rewritten into another genre that interests us more. Some of us enjoy read alongs, some of us enjoy SoCal in the 70's while others enjoy scifi. We have a number of different genres all written by talented writers. We need to remember...stay positive and be courteous. This is someone's baby.

      December 9, 2013

    • Elizabyth H.

      The few rules we have are simply to keep this a positive atmosphere where everyone can read and critique. When we have a lot of readers, we have to be a little more structured in order to get through everyone. This meeting was a lot smaller with fewer readers than usual. Hence the relaxed format and more discussion.

      December 9, 2013

  • Robert

    I enjoyed the varied and lively critiques, I've never seen such frivolity in a CHWG meetup and without imbibing. Good show fellow CHWGers. Manna, I thought you had great critiques! And I enjoyed your intelligent contributions. Sorry if you felt unappreciated, because you most definitely were appreciated.

    December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to try to make this.

    December 6, 2013

    • Elizabyth H.

      It was great seeing you and hearing your feedback. We are looking forward to seeing you again.

      December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I had hopes, but I allowed too many re-writes this semester. Now I am buried in grading them.

    1 · December 7, 2013

  • Vargus P.

    I will be at a craft faire selling copies of April Song. Sorry I will miss you all.

    1 · December 6, 2013

  • Ken C.

    Sorry once more, I have a double conflict.

    December 5, 2013

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