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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  • Tina Max B.

    Everyone was very friendly. The venue is new to me so I'm not ready to evaluate just yet. I look forward to going again next time. Melonie made me feel very welcome.

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Melonie

    Really good meeting. Thanks everyone!

    August 26, 2013

  • Melonie

    We will miss you!

    August 26, 2013

  • Adam Stuart L.

    Can't make it tonight. Best wishes to all.

    1 · August 26, 2013

  • Helen O.

    OMG: from Publishers Weekly:

    "O'Reilly delivers a fascinating novel about a group of women and girls who, in postapocalyptic New York City, belong to an Amazonian society that believes men are no longer a necessity in the world. In an effort to survive, the women—who live in a forest that now covers Manhattan—capture men to perpetuate their community, only to exterminate them when they have served their purpose. O'Reilly's characters are well drawn, and her prose straightforward and startling: "At first, and at Buffy's suggestion, the women had tried a sort of rough-and-ready castration technique that involved twine and a sharp knife, but the results were predictable: death by exsanguination." Highly original and visceral, O'Reilly's book announces itself like a newborn baby straight from the womb: with a guttural cry that abounds with possibility."

    1 · August 22, 2013

    • Dawn Michelle B.

      Go girl go!!! That's a big wow! Bravo! And very well-written review!!!

      August 22, 2013

    • Carlos P.

      Congratulations, Helen! And please remember me when you are having cocktails with J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman.

      August 25, 2013

  • Michael William W.

    I am going to how out today.

    August 24, 2013

    • Melonie

      We will miss you

      August 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member you have any upcoming meetings on Thr/Fri/Sat?

    August 15, 2013

    • Melonie

      Hello. Not at this time, but keep watching. Drake's classes are usually on Sunday and Monday nights and the critique meetings are always on Mondays. However, he might throw in a Saturday event, so I recommend signing up for the group notifications.

      August 15, 2013

  • Tina Max B.

    I cannot attend the 8/12 class you are having, however I will attend the 8/26th class. I look forward to meeting you and the group

    1 · August 7, 2013

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