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Monday Central Phoenix Writers' Workshop

This is an informal gathering every week that is designed to promote feedback on work, and to highlight the strengths of one's work as well as offer ideas to improve weaknesses. Attendees are encouraged to bring pieces to read that they are comfortable sharing. Poems, Essays, and stories are all fair game. Generally, anything over 4-6 pages will be read over several sessions. We recommend bringing extra copies if you can.

The general flow is some gab time at first. Then people will read the works out loud (or ask someone else to) one at a time and usually ask for feedback. Some people want help with their work, others might just want grammar lessons. If someone has lots of feedback, it is usually best to mark up a copy and hand it back.

The meeting generally lasts two to three hours. If someone has to leave early, let everyone know so your work can be read first.  Likewise, if you will be late but intend to read, let the moderators know in advance.

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  • Kevin V.

    What are some ways to discern between constructive criticism and another writer's psychological projection? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_projection

    October 27, 2013

    • Jake F.

      If someone starts saying "I don't think that character would do that," suggesting changes to the plot, or otherwise arguing with the premise of the text itself. But I think those kinds of comments usually indicate the piece is underdeveloped.

      1 · October 27, 2013

    • Kenneth W.

      There is something to be gained from even the most idiosyncratic and projective criticism. The question is how to use, not how to discriminate.

      1 · October 27, 2013

  • Bob K.

    Would like input on just-completed short story. I have benefited from previous at Wednesday workshops. I find it very helpful to
    be exposed to others' work.

    October 24, 2013

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