Critique Session

Please REGISTER FOR THIS CRITIQUE at www.cbw-la.org by clicking on this link:

http://www.cbw-la.org/events?eventId=646413&EventViewMode=EventDetails

 

$10 For Non-Members (those who are on meetup but haven't registered/paid at www.cbw-la.org)

FREE for CBW-LA members. Sign up for membership at www.cbw-la.org.

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All participants in this Critique Session will be grouped according to their specific genres (Picture Book/ Middle Grade/Young Adult & Adult/ Poetry & Nonfiction) so they can get the best feedback possible:
If there are not enough participants, we may combine groups.
What to Bring:

1. Copies of the first chapter of your novel, or if you’re writing a picture book, bring the whole book that you want critiqued. The general rule is that you must bring copies for every member who has signed up for the session. * Please wait for the final email from the organizer before printing copies, so you know exactly how many to print.*
2. A voice/tape recorder if you wish to record the critiques.

3. A notebook/pad and pen to use for your critique notes.


THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION
As writers, we are very close to our work and often times we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.

Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample, and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript ready for submission.

In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.

TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:
T = Terrific
We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.


A = Author Questions
In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions—either about your story or to clarify the comments you received.


C = Constructive Comments
We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story.

T = Talent
Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.

T = Terrific
We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.
A = Author Questions
In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questionsundefinedeither about your story or to clarify the comments you received.
C = Constructive Comments
We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story.

T = Talent
Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.

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  • Aurelia M.

    Enjoyed the time. I'm already looking forwad to our next critique session. Great comments and feedback

    April 17, 2013

  • Kate

    Great feedback everyone. Thank you.

    April 14, 2013

  • Carol G.

    I will not be attending this meeting but I'll see you at the next. Lots of SCBWI Schmooze critiques happening this week. I'll be sticking around my neighborhood for the Westside Schmooze. Thanks and have fun.

    April 5, 2013

  • Richard R.

    Sorry I can't come...funeral to attend :(

    April 9, 2013

  • Cindy S.

    I live in OC, wrote my first PB, looking forward in meeting everyone

    March 30, 2013

  • cassiegusty

    there seems to be only a waitlist with no actual spots? or maybe i am confused :)

    March 1, 2013

  • Cynthia B.

    Would like to know the location of the critique before I commit. Thank you!

    March 1, 2013

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