DECEMBER MAIN LINE WRITERS GROUP - CRITIQUE

The December Main Line Writers Group meeting is Critique Night! Get constructive feedback on your current writing projects by other members of the group.

You don't have to bring anything to the group if you don't wish to do so. You can participate by offering feedback on those who do bring pieces for critique and are welcomed to do so. Approximately one half to two thirds of the people participating bring pieces for critique.

If you do wish to have a piece critiqued, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES: - Bring a piece or excerpt from a piece approximately 5 pages long - Please bring ten copies, double spaced and typed. We need to break into smaller groups to ensure that all pieces get a reasonable amount of time for reading and reviewing.

Our meeting place is Michael's Restaurant Deli in King of Prussia, just north of The King of Prussia Mall on Rt 202. The address is 130 Town Center Road in King of Prussia,[masked]-3265. The meeting officially starts at 7:00 pm but many of us come early (around 6) to eat and socialize a bit - but you can order your meal at any time during the meeting. We use a private room and the acoustics are great. You'll have no problem hearing our speakers or each other.

Just a reminder that you can order a scrumptious meal at Michael's off their extensive menu. We don't get charged for the great room, but Michaels does have the expectation that attendees will order a meal. It is a fair expectation and the meals are very reasonably priced.

Mark your calendar for every third Wednesday of the month. Feel free to tell others and bring a friend or two.

As usual, any questions, please contact me, Gary Zenker, at[masked] or [masked]. We are all looking forward to seeing you there.

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  • Gary Buehler, S.

    Sarah
    Many thanks for your kind words and encouragement. Praise for me is the salve that heals old wounds.
    Gary

    December 20, 2013

  • Gary Buehler, S.

    As always I enjoyed the meeting. Sitting with polished writers is a little intimidating for me. Hopefully I will to learn to accept their critique without feeling the need to defend myself. I loved Gary Zender's story about a chance meeting at a party and wouldn't change a word. First meetings are imperfect and other than beating yourself up later saying you should have said this or done that, they are beyond critique. Someone suggested that the fellow was insecure and not shy. Well hello, I thought that they were one in the same or at least you can't have one without the other. Anyone who would suggest deleting his phone call from the ending of the story misses the point and has lost sight of how difficult it is for a shy person to make that first phone call. He is opening up that Pandora's box for possible rejection. That takes a lot of guts and I think it is a very important part of the story.
    I would like to thank Bryan for his kind words. They certainly were appreciated.

    2 · December 19, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      I think you really understood the character in the story. Thanks for the kind words. And Zenker! :)

      December 19, 2013

    • Sarah C.

      To both Gary's, your stories were heartfelt and touching. I'm grateful to you both for sharing them with us last night. Believe me I know how hard it can be to put yourself out there, but you both have wonderful stories to share, so don't stop!

      December 20, 2013

  • Bill M.

    The meeting was wonderful, as always. But, as always, it seems to go by soooo quickly. Thanks to all who were able to attend and make it just another fabulous evening. Some wonderful writers here, and it is always inspiring to be able to hear what they have written.

    December 19, 2013

  • Joshua E.

    Hey Lorinda, thanks a lot for taking the time to critique my story. And I'm sorry I wasn't able to make it out last night. I've just been extremely overwhelmed with work. As far as the story goes, one that I started working on a couple months back, it's now at 28 pages and has stagnated a bit. It's only meant to be a short story, so I know I'm going to have to go back and do some revising once I'm HOPEFULLY finished. Since in the midst of getting so involved in allowing myself to entertain different possibilities once I got into the story, I just kinda lost track of the initial story line/premise. Sometimes I just get so involved in the "writing portion" of the story that I then lose sight of the "big picture." Now have to go back and ask myself what the main theme is that I want the reader to take away from it. And though I don't consider myself as being someone who's in a position to offer critiquing advice, I'd still be happy to look your work over if you'd like me to.

    December 19, 2013

  • Gary Z.

    So many talented writers. It is a privilege to read their work and offer feedback...and get feedback from them.

    2 · December 18, 2013

    • lorinda l.

      Gary, you set the kinship tone for creative exchange!!

      1 · December 19, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      Very kind. Thank you. I love the third Wednesday of each month!

      December 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth S.

    Excellent, as always. I received some very helpful feedback.

    2 · December 19, 2013

  • Julie D.

    I mentioned at the meeting that I'd put out a Christmassy flash fiction collection as an ebook. Here are links for that ebook (only $0.99!) and a link for a document about how I did it. (It's much more sketchy than Gary's course will be, but might show you what the process was like and whether or not it'd be good for you. THEN you can take Gary's courseā€¦)

    ebook collection:
    "Christmas Ornaments" for Kindle: http://amzn.to/1bnL9ap
    "Christmas Ornaments" for other ebook formats: http://bit.ly/1a4gQPR

    Free 'How & Why To Write & Publish A Themed Short Story Collection' document: http://storyaday.org/creativitylab/mlwriters-ss-ebook/ Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays/Have a braw Hogmanay,
    Julie

    2 · December 18, 2013

    • lorinda l.

      I have read Julie's stories. It's a delightful group of well written stories with lots of holiday spirit!!

      2 · December 19, 2013

    • Julie D.

      Thanks Lorinda. I should have put in an acknowledgements page thanking you, Sarah, Matthew and this group for making them better than I could have, alone!

      1 · December 19, 2013

  • Ameena

    I really enjoyed reading such great material, and feeling so motivated talented writers!

    4 · December 19, 2013

    • lorinda l.

      Ameena, it was great to have you in our group. I'm looking forward to reading your work!!

      1 · December 19, 2013

    • Ameena

      Thanks

      December 19, 2013

  • Tom J.

    Got some very good feedback.

    3 · December 19, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Great meeting and critique. Comments were helpful as always.

    2 · December 18, 2013

  • bob s.

    This group meeting was a little smaller than usual, but a bit more intimate. We shared some good writing and conversation, and as always we worked on our craft.

    2 · December 18, 2013

  • Ruth B.

    Since it was my first meeting, I wasn't sure what to expect. The members were very respectful of those who read their works. I believe I will feel comfortable bringing my work.

    4 · December 18, 2013

  • Julie D.

    Great meeting. Thoroughly enjoyed the stories I read. Learned a lot from my reaction to other people's stories. Hopefully they'll take what they want from my comments and ignore the rest (I know they will!). Thanks, as always to Gary and the team for putting together such a great group. Getting this many people to turn out on snowy roads a week before Christmas, says a lot!

    2 · December 18, 2013

  • Nina Angela M.

    I realize I haven't attended a meeting but I've been contributing by editing/critiquing when I can. I hope to make the meeting on the 18th. Thank you.

    1 · December 13, 2013

  • Wayne Anthony C.

    I just got some good news: my story, "Safe," has been accepted for inclusion in a British anthology titled "Fear's Accomplice," scheduled for release in January 2014.

    "Safe" was an assignment given in Jonathan Maberry's Short Story Class. It's actually the first horror story I ever wrote!

    7 · December 10, 2013

    • Susanna R.

      Congratulations Tony!

      2 · December 13, 2013

    • Wayne Anthony C.

      Gary, the current story I('m finishing probably qualifies as horror - or humorous horror, or erotic horror. But that anthology of Jonathan Mayberry's, "Four Summoners Tales," has a novella by David Liis called "A Bad Season for Necromancy" with all three elements, so it can be done.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • Ruth B.

    I am delighted to join your group. Currently, I have no one with whom I can share how exciting creative writing can be. When I describe the high I get when wordsmithing a piece, most of my friends smile and say, "hummmmm"! I look forward to meeting you on the 18th.

    4 · December 11, 2013

    • Gary Z.

      Great. We are delighted to have you join us. I think you will find the group inviting, warm and a source of excitement!

      1 · December 11, 2013

    • Susanna R.

      We look forward to meeting you.

      1 · December 13, 2013

  • Sarah C.

    Congratulations. Tony.
    that's wonderful!

    2 · December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anyone suggest a good place to write? I would ideally like a private conference room, hotel room or B&B with a desk and a lovely view of countryside. I would like the option of going only during the day and not having to stay overnight. I just need to get out of my house so I don't get distracted by everything/everyone there. Any suggestions are appreciated. Anywhere in the greater Philadelphia area will work.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Paying is fine if the cost is reasonable ( forget 300/night b&bs). Most important is quiet private and scenic. I'll ask about day rates - good idea.

      1 · November 24, 2013

    • Julie D.

      I work at a co-working space in Phoenixville. The view is limited but it's in a cool old factory building with exposed brick. It's mostly just a couple of people there at one time...sometimes no-one else. Let me know if you'd like to try it out.

      1 · December 5, 2013

  • Gerri B.

    I would like to join you. I may be coming with Craig Bennet. I will let you know tomorrow.

    October 11, 2013

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