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 (6:15 PM) is a social, get to know your fellow authors period. Readings and critiques begin promptly at 6:45 PM. 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.

The Gangplank provides Pizza for all Thursday night events.

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  • Dori W.


    July 26, 2013

  • Don B.

    Lots of good stories read. Even enjoyed the criticism of my poetry. Nice night.

    July 26, 2013

  • donna b.

    Excellent group this week - fine writing from many different genres with lively, helpful critiques.

    July 26, 2013

  • John D.

    8 Participants attended the July 25 Gangplank meetup: Donna Bowring-- a novel chapter detailing the continuing conflicts of her female adolescent protagonist and her family; Don Bell--two poems; Dori Williams --a first time participant, reading Chapter 1 of her new novel which narrates the story of a female protagonist about to give birth in a Chicago Snowstorm; Robert Scanlan-- continuing his Memoir Saga as a liver Transplant Patient-- narrating the "trials" of returning to his home after his first of three transplants; David Wilson -- reading a portion of a chapter about viewing rare ancient music "manuscript" documents in a German Bibliothek; John Daleiden-- reading 1 poem; Colleen Grady, and Robert Killian, not reading but prepared to do so.

    We look forward to seeing all of you at our next meeting on August 1. Colleen Grady and Robert Killian will be the first readers.

    John Daleiden, Moderator

    1 · July 26, 2013

  • Julia

    Probably not this week; going out of town for the weekend tomorrow and have been sick the last couple days. Have fun and learn a lot! If I do wind up making it, I will change my rsvp by 5.

    July 25, 2013

  • donna b.

    So sorry I missed last night - had one of those days when memories of my husband reduces me to mush, tears and all that. Sometimes I even take to my bed like a Victorian lady with the vapors! See you next week.

    July 19, 2013

    • Colleen G.

      Donna, You were missed last night. I hope today is a lighter day.

      July 19, 2013

    • donna b.

      Much better, days like that are getting fewer then they were at first.

      July 19, 2013

  • David W.

    Thanks for your very constructive comments last night. See you in two weeks.

    July 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be out of town for a few weeks. Not sure when I will will return.

    July 12, 2013

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