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.

WHERE:

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.

WHEN:

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

WHO:

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.

WHAT:

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.

HOW:

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.

HOW LONG:

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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  • Karen K.

    Simone, sorry to see you leave. Good Luck to you. I really enjoyed your critique
    You have been an asset to our group. Karen.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Dark W.

      :] Good luck to you too. I liked reading your stories. They always made great table conversations. Keep writing!

      May 21, 2013

  • Dark W.

    Thanks everyone for a good time! This was my last session as I'm unfortunately moving away. I wanted to say I learned a lot from this group and I am grateful that it exists. It was the first time I felt like I belonged anywhere in this city.

    The mix of people are both friendly, helpful and refreshing and even though I always fear the red pen, I know its for my benefit because the people here really care. I am sincerely going to miss this group and the people that encouraged me to keep writing. I will not be leaving Vegas right away, but I will be leaving a little before the next meeting. If anyone wants to keep in contact, we can connect through email or facebook, I will provide links upon requests. I wouldn't mind continuing to read some of these great stories the aspiring authors are working on. Thanks everyone and keep writing!

    Sincerely,
    Simone

    May 20, 2013

    • Melonie

      Awe. I hate that I missed your last week. It's been a privilege to watch your writing journey and I am sure it doesn't end when you leave Vegas. Best wishes wherever you go and I'd love it if you messaged me on FB. I can never find other people, but they can somehow find me. I'm under my name.

      1 · May 21, 2013

    • Dark W.

      Thanks Helen, good look with your book, Spunk, A Fable. Sounds good Melonie, I sent you a request.

      2 · May 21, 2013

  • Helen O.

    As I was going down the stair,
    I met a girl who wasn't there . . .
    She wasn't there again today . . .

    I hope that girl won't stay away! ;-)

    May 21, 2013

  • Melonie

    I'm going to let the computer know who came to the group so it will get off my back. That means it will send out good to see you notes. Don't panic. I know already that I wasn't there :)

    1 · May 21, 2013

  • Helen O.

    Missed Bali and of course, Melonie; however we kept our upper lips stiff and carried on. Looking forward to a full house next time we meet, though. I spoke to (William) John Coombes and he hopes to attend next time as well.

    1 · May 21, 2013

    • Melonie

      Helen. You're funny.

      May 21, 2013

  • Melonie

    Hi everyone. I'm really sorry, but I won't be there tonight. I just have too much to do for work and need to get-er-done. Have fun and don't get us kicked out of the bookstore :)

    1 · May 20, 2013

    • Michael William W.

      That's why you like me so much. :-D

      May 20, 2013

    • Dark W.

      Awww, well good luck on everything! :]

      1 · May 20, 2013

  • Helen O.

    Oh, no; who will keep us NICE? I promise, I'll be good! And work hard to we can see you again soon! Best, Helen

    1 · May 20, 2013

  • Helen O.

    I won't have a copy of Spunk, a Fable, to bring tonight, but it's now available for purchase on Amazon in pb and for Kindle! Yay! http://www.amazon.com/Spunk-Fable-Helen-H-OReilly/dp/1483979873/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1369066723&sr=1-11

    May 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be working later than normal. I look forward to meeting you all at another time.

    May 19, 2013

  • Helen O.

    Hi, guys; Thanks for the trend stories, Bali! I am putting the finishing touches on "Spunk, a Fable" with Createspace and should have some author copies within a week; sadly not in time for our next meeting. I may do a signing at a Canyon Gate women's event June 5, and have an launch party at Blackbird Studios downtown mid-June. If any of you guys would be interested in attending, please let me know; it will help with planning. The sequel is already percolating in my head, so I may have a chapter to share on Monday. Best, Helen

    May 16, 2013

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