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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  • Mark H.

    Wonderful group. Thank you everyone for all your positive input on everyones work.

    1 · September 9, 2013

  • Rachelle R.

    I would like to see the written word. Due to noise and nervousness of readers I felt I could not give a fair critique to some. I hadn't fully understood what they said.

    September 8, 2013

    • Mark H.

      While we certainly appreciate all the positive feedback, the founding premise of The Coffee House Writers Group is based on a "verbal" critique format. We want to be able to offer our members a different experience from all the other "written" critique groups that are available here in the wonderful city of Portland. Listening is quickly becoming a lost art and so much is missed when it's just words on a page as apposed to hearing those words take on a life of there own.

      3 · September 8, 2013

    • Katie A.

      Well said, Mark. I'm still honing my listening skills--I'm so used to reading the words that this is a continuing exercise in active listening.

      2 · September 9, 2013

  • Elizabyth H.

    Love to see the new faces and the familiar ones as well. Thanks everyone for spending your Saturday afternoon with us. :)

    2 · September 8, 2013

  • Katie A.

    Another enjoyable meeting. Looking forward to (hopefully!) attending next Saturday.

    September 7, 2013

  • Kellie

    Sorry I didn't end up making it--- for some reason I'd written down that it was at 6 pm. My bad!

    September 7, 2013

  • Barbara S.

    Sorry I didn't make it today. I have some projects I was working on today and didn't realize the time until now. I hope to make it next week. Hope you had a great time.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Still in Austin, Tx. Will be back next week!

    September 6, 2013

  • Leland H.

    Sorry, It turns out I cannot attend--the family is throwing me a birthday party. Next time I guess. Leland

    September 1, 2013

    • Rachelle R.

      Happy Birthday Leland. Looking forward to meeting you next time.

      September 5, 2013

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  • Mark H.
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  • Elizabyth H.
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  • Phil B.
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  • Maureen R.
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