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Critique Meeting (West side/PM)


***Just a note to the regulars.  Please remember to RSVP so everyone else knows how many copies to bring.***

Looking for a little feedback on your writing? If so, join us for our biweekly critique group.


All meetups will be at the Barnes and Noble on Rainbow and Lakemead. You will find us in the cafe area giving people the stink-eye so they will bend to our will and donate their table to the cause.


We will meet at 5p to socialize and lament the traffic. Critiquing will begin at 5:30.


Anyone who is willing to read other people's writing and offer constructive feedback on how it can improve. You do not need to bring a writing sample to attend. However, we all must follow the Be Nice rule, which states - BE NICE!!

If we have more than 25 people sign up, there will be a waiting list. If you RSVP and can't make it for any reason, that's not a problem at all. Please just CANCEL YOUR RSVP so we can open up that spot for the waiting list.


This is important. Well, so was the rest of it, but you get the idea.

If you are going to share your writing, you are welcomed to bring a submission from any genre. Please double space or 1.5 space your work so it is readable. The average person can read between 1,200-2,000 words in 10 minutes, so use that as your guide for length.

If your submission is not the beginning of a story, please include a small paragraph to help your reader find their feet when reading your submission.

Plan on bringing up to 10 copies of your work. Once we reach our 11th group member, we will divide into two groups and then three groups at 21, so you should never need more than 10 copies. You are welcome to check the RSVP count to determine how many copies you need or just bring 10 copies.


What we do is spend 10 minutes all reading the same submission and then discuss it as a group. You do not need to read your submission aloud.


That depends on how many people are in each group, but it seems like we are usually heading out around 8p or so.

Okay. I think that's it. If you have any questions, fee free to email Melonie Purcell through this site. Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

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  • Dawn Michelle B.

    Good job, Helen. That's an accomplishment, as we all know how very hard it is!

    March 10, 2013

  • Helen O.

    Just in case you are interested, my novel is finished and on its way to the proofreader. If you'd like to read the finished draft online, please private email me and I'll send you the link to Skydrive. I am very pleased with the way it turned out, and I am sure that the feedback from the Critique Group had something to do with that. (I gave you a collective shout-out in the Acknowledgments, anyway!)

    I'm not planning on starting the sequel for a few weeks, at least (just basking in the afterglow, for the moment, after two years of hard work.) So not sure I'll make it to the next meetup; but you never know. After all, "it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind."

    Ciao for now, and let me know if you want to read the ms.


    March 1, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    It was Great..and extremely helpful! I'm just starting to write again after a long drought! The critiquing was very constructive and I feel now that I'm off to a good start. Thanks Everyone!!

    2 · February 26, 2013

  • Helen O.

    My friend John will accompany me.

    1 · February 25, 2013

  • Jennifer

    Hi! This will be my first critique meeting. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Patricia P.

    No guest but I am bringing a sample from the novel I'm writing!!

    1 · February 24, 2013

  • Dr. Bart L.

    As a literary agent, I enjoy excerpts from new writers...

    1 · February 20, 2013

  • Melonie

    Hi everyone. We are going to try smaller groups next week and see how that works. Seems like we have a bunch of creative types who like to talk about books and writing and other things. Consequently, our meetings are running long. Weird right? Anyhow, I'd say bring 6-7 copies of your work. We'll call this a test run.

    2 · February 15, 2013

  • Sandra V.

    This week, I wanted to share some quotes with you about finding the courage to write: "Writer's block ... is simply a failure of ego."
    - Norman Mailer "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage."
    - Sydney Smith

    "Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?"
    - Friedrich Nietzsche

    "When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'"
    - Stephen King

    3 · February 14, 2013

  • Melonie

    Yay Ariel! We are super excited to meet you! If you have any questions, just holler. Not too loud, though. We don't want to run the others off.

    February 2, 2013

  • Ariel

    This will be my first critique meeting, but I am very excited to attend!

    1 · January 31, 2013

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