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.

    What's your story's five word slug line? Here's mine: Are men still necessary? Maybe.

    May 8, 2013

  • Mrinal B.

    Here's another something of interest to in today's NY Times (May 1).

    "E-Books and Democracy"

    This is not good news for writing income. Why? Because of me--today's reader. At one time, I bought books. I bought books because after reading I showed them off on my bookshelves at home. There's something that a wall full of books conveys that no furnishings no matter how ornate can. Now I, the reader, has changed: I have switched to e-reading. I cannot show off e-books on a bookshelf, so I don't buy books anymore. I borrow them, and I can borrow them with a few clicks on my smart device. I may be queued in the library for a book, but my survival does not depend on reading books within days of publication. I am not alone. My numbers are growing exponentially. What does this do to the writer's income? Not good news.

    1 · May 1, 2013

    • Melonie

      Oops, I hit return. Anyway, the same is happening with ebooks. The self-published crap is bogging down the system making it nearly impossible to find what you are looking for. It's frustrating!

      May 8, 2013

    • Helen O.

      I think what will probably happen with ebooks is that the marketplace will assume the "gatekeeper" role that was once held by agents and acquisitions editors.

      May 8, 2013

  • Helen O.

    What do YOU think the difference is between SHOW and TELL? (Please give examples.)

    May 8, 2013

    • Melonie

      RE: structure of the bowels dissolving - There is a fine line between literalism and effective communication. Yes, technically speaking, bowels liquified would mean what you said. However, 99.9% of the people reading that line would get a visual of someone about to soil their drawers and would be able to connect that problem with some event from their own lives. And that is the point of creative writing. To create a sense of connection to the reader through writing. Literalism belongs in academic writing, not novels.

      May 8, 2013

    • Helen O.

      As the pirate captain said to the first mate, as the natives swarmed over the sides, "Bring me my brown pants! "

      May 8, 2013

  • Rosemary P.


    1 · May 7, 2013

  • Mrinal B.

    Hi Helen: Yes, of course! See you Monday!

    1 · April 30, 2013

  • Mrinal B.

    I didn't know about something called e-shorts. Here's an article on one direction that e-publishing has already taken.

    April 24, 2013

    • Helen O.

      Hi, Bali; I hope to see you Monday!

      April 30, 2013

  • Karen K.

    Karen here. I have been attending since conception. Fun with creative ideas and hood people. Enjoy seeing everyone each week. I am a Trekkie but my story ideas are from medieval to space. Find ideas anywhere. LL&P.

    1 · April 17, 2013

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