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Critique & Goal Setting at Enigma Bookstore


Welcome all writers and thank you for joining! (Find us at the back of the store.)

Our agenda is as follows:

7-7:15 - chat, introductions (newcomers please be on time for intros)

7:15-8:00 - set writing goals for upcoming week & share obstacles

8:00-9:00 - provide feedback for the two or three chosen pieces

9:00-9:15 - chat, discuss group matters, and choose works for next week

How to receive feedback:

IF you would like to be critiqued, you must attend at least one meetup to become familiar with and understand the format of the meetings. You do NOT have to be critiqued if you wish not to be. In the preceding meetup we choose two writers to be critiqued. The third work is a backup if time permits. Please read them all.

How to post:

1) Post only if you have been chosen to be critiqued and by noon on the preceding Friday. (For critique outside of meetups please post in "Pages" in the menu above.)

2) Before Posting:  Length: 15 - 20 pgs (can be shorter)

                                   Double-spaced (unless for aesthetics)

                                   11-12 point font (no smaller or larger)

                                   Number your pages

3) Post in Files under More tab with this description:


Meetup date

Description of your work

Type of feedback you would like

(As description box allows. Also post in the document.)

When critiquing: (Always use "I" when critiquing)

1) Each person is allotted 5 mins. The writer is also allotted 5 mins to respond after everyone has spoken.

2) Share what worked and/or what you liked/ enjoyed and why.

3) Offer suggestions/ constructive criticism for improvement.

*Suggested donation is $5 for the Enigma Bookstore  for being kind enough to let us use their space. Or you may purchase an item or a book to your liking. Donations will be collected on the premises.

See you there,


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  • Jane K.

    Great meeting new people and seeing our fellow writers helping one another with writing~

    June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Steven, thanks for input. Your comments were very insightful. Please don't be a stranger. Sorry I couldn't hang out last night guys. I was tired.

    June 24, 2014

  • Blerta

    Hi guys,
    My schedule has changed due to a new project I am taking in (translation) I will be occupied for the rest of the summer unless I finish earlier. I am still available by email and I read the comments here so feel free to reach out if you think I can help with things. I'll work hard and hopefully I will regain my old schedule sooner rather than later.

    June 23, 2014

    • Jessica

      We missed you. Steve said, "hi." We look forward to when you can rejoin us.

      1 · June 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone
    Just want to share that i am delighted to be a part of this group and hoping that my schedule allows me to be there next time. I am not a fiction reader or rather i stop reading fiction, but after last night I think i cannot be too strict in my choices. That's what writers are.

    June 24, 2014

  • Steve M.

    Good, constructive discussion.

    June 24, 2014

  • Jane K.

    Please be sure to read all three pieces (Peter, Susan, Nadra) under Files for this meeting.

    I will also do my best to finish reading and prepare my comments/ critiques.

    June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    the spirit is willing... i hate to admit the flesh is weak when i signed up the first time i did not appear. And today is that day i will rise up from my weak flesh. See you all.

    1 · June 23, 2014

  • Jessica

    Hi Everyone! So our writing goals for this week are:

    Jessica: write everyday & work on something for public consumption
    Nadra: write 2 days this week
    Jane: write 2 days this week
    Susan: write 20 pages for novel & 1 blog piece
    Peter: write 2 days this week for 1/2 an hour
    Stuart: don't write until August
    Blerta: write 1 blog entry this week
    Christina: write 3 days this week, 2 hours each day
    Susan: write 1,000 words everyday & 2 blogs this week

    Up for critique: Susan, Nadra, and finish critiquing Peter's piece

    1 · June 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dan: will "write" when and if possible.

      June 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    as you may or may not know, for health reasons i am temporarily unavailabel. i want to comment, discuss and what ever else but won't be able to most likely for several more days. right now i all i can say is i hope everyone is well and writing profusely or at least writing the each's own satisfaction

    1 · June 21, 2014

  • Blerta

    June 18, 2014

    • Blerta

      $10 entry fee, but it might be interesting to participate

      June 18, 2014

    • Jessica

      Thanks Blerta! I'll also put it in the discussions section. I'm horrible with dialogue...

      1 · June 20, 2014

  • Jessica

    It looks like Enigma was able to figure out a deal with their landlord, so we don't have to worry about moving locations after-all.

    2 · June 18, 2014

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