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The Thursday West Valley Writer's Critique Group

This group is designed to provide writers with immediate feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of their writing. Writers should bring 6-8 hard copies of their work to share with the group. The printed copies permit participants to make direct written comments, while the on site presence permits verbal comments. Stories, poems, essays, novel chapters or segments, memoirs, screenplays, stage plays, scripts, are all acceptable genre. Keep every genre alive. 4-8 pages/[masked] words works well for this kind of session.

Individuals are also welcome to observe if they're not ready to share their work for critique.

The first 30 minutes is a social, get to know your fellow authors period. Readings and critiques begin promptly at 7:00. No food is available on the building site, however, a Sonic is directly across the street and several restaurants on Central Avenue. Snacks and beverages can be brought into the building. Parking is available on site.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks much for the opportunity to present my story. I also appreciate the educaton I received from my fellow group members and the chance to give comment (when I wasn't completely out of my depth) to you stories, memoirs and poetry.

    As we ran out of time with me at the end, I did not get to ask about "what next?" Do I incorporate the very good information I received from you all and then read it again...or move along to another segment?

    Thanks again. It was a good evening. I enjoyed the company. The people having the discussion during the readings was a bit distracting, but if we are in an open area I would imagine that is the risk we run.

    Looking forward to the 11th.

    Regards, Vince

    June 28, 2013

    • Colleen G.

      Vincent, I can't wait to hear your next segment. In the short time I've been attending, writers have digested the feedback and moved forward with another segment or a new piece. Keep cool. Enjoyed your writing. Cheers, Colleen

      July 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Colleen, that is what I will do then.'s only 116 today. I guess the col front is moving in.

      July 1, 2013

  • Colleen G.

    Every Thursday evening gets better than the week before. What fine company and excellent mentors. Stimulating writing and writers. Lots to learn. Thank you for the critiques and support. Looking forward to
    the next installments and creative works. Happy 4th.

    June 29, 2013

  • John D.

    Five members participated in this breakout group. We read and commented on an Arizona Memoir about purchasing a Desert Oasis Property; a second chapter of a fantasy novel about shape shifters, fairies and pixies; a first time writer telling an intriguing story about a submarine mission in foreign waters; two poems: an acrostic about poetry and double deca poem choices; one sestina poem about the inevitable end of human life. Many comments were offered about both the success of each piece as well as some ways in which each composition could be improved.

    John Daleiden, Moderator

    1 · June 28, 2013

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