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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  • Helen O.

    Hi, Bali; I am so sorry you didn't share and that you felt you didn't want to. I always find your work interesting.

    April 24, 2013

  • Mrinal B.

    The New York Times has a column titled Writers on Writing. Well known names such as Amy Tan, Scott Turow, Kurt Vonnegut, and space for the future author Mrinal Bali are all in their with their interesting takes on the craft of writing fiction. Here is the link to the archives:

    1 · April 19, 2013

    • Melonie

      Sorry for the delayed response. Great link!!!

      April 23, 2013

  • Melonie

    Hi everyone. We will address these concerns at the next meetup in two weeks. Maintaining a safe environment wherein every member, new or established, feels comfortable sharing their work is not optional. This is not the forum to wax poetic, opine endlessly or whip others into submission for the sake of your ego. If you have concerns, you are absolutely welcome to email me privately and I will work to help resolve them.

    1 · April 23, 2013

  • Dawn Michelle B.

    Oh lord! Too much work! Swamped, alas. SO WISH I COULD COME BUT I CAN'T!

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Melonie

      You were missed!

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • Mrinal B.

    At least one group yesterday lost the discipline of critique versus preaching. I have attended the critique meetings for over a year with only two gaps that I can recall. I can attribute pretty much any and all improvement in my writing to the critiques from this group. Yesterday, for the first time, I brought material but did not put it up for critique.

    April 23, 2013

    • Adam Stuart L.

      I'm very sorry you felt that way. For whatever part I had in that analysis of the experience, I apologize.

      April 23, 2013

    • Tiffany P.

      Bali, you should've been at our table anyway since most of us were familiar with the plot of your novel. To the group: It does seem that there is an excessive amount of arguing happening. Egos have no place in a critique group. Being right doesn't improve one's writing.

      1 · April 23, 2013

  • Dr. Bart L.

    Critique wasn't brutal yet pointed--no one stomped out!

    April 22, 2013

  • Dr. Bart L.

    Viewing a writer's creative work is ever a privilege.

    April 21, 2013

  • Karen F.

    I'm a new writer and looking forward to meeting experience writers

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • Twanna D.

    My writing project is not ready for review yet. Is it ok if I can so up to the meeting just to meet everyone?

    1 · April 18, 2013

    • Helen O.

      Of course; not everyone brings a piece of writing to every meeting; sometimes we contribute our time and attention to critiquing the writing of the other members of the group. But please remember, this group exists so that we can help one another improve; sharing works in progress with each other is one way we do that. So don't feel your writing has to be "perfect" (whatever that is) before you share it.

      1 · April 18, 2013

    • Melonie

      What Helen said. We're happy to have you, project or no project.

      April 18, 2013

  • Mrinal B.

    Sharing with everyone this article from yesterday's New York Times:
    "Stupid Writer Tricks"

    1 · April 18, 2013

  • Helen O.

    Hey guys; I've started an indiegogo campaign to get marketing funds to publicize Spunk! Check it out, and if you can contribute, that's great, but if not, no worries. I plan to pub as close to May 1 as possible. (Thoughts and prayers going out to Boston.)

    April 15, 2013

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