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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Very nice!

    July 8

  • Jane K.

    I still love our critique sessions but the highlight for me tonight was getting to hear everyone's opinions and collaborating on new ways to improve our group. Thanks again!

    July 8

  • dan

    i had an idea for a meetup and tried to make a draft of it like i've done before and it went and scheuled itself. if anyone sees an email about it, just let me know if you think it might be fun. I was thinking we could Meet at MoMA on Uniqlo Free Friday Evening some Friday in the near future (hopefully ok with you, Jess) I want to go anyway...

    July 2

    • dan

      you know me, just a bit overly cautious...

      July 7

    • dan

      but i did schedule it anyway not too long after i deleted the first which i was going to save as a draft which they seem to no longer allow.

      July 7

  • Jane K.

    John posted on Discussion, the following:

    For this Monday I am submitting this website: and click on Movie Reviews with Tom and Tim. I hope I'm doing this right. I discussed this last time and was told to post a message to submit a website.

    **Please read this and the backup Dan has posted. I have not seen Peter's yet. If posted today, do your best to read otherwise it is late and many will not be able to get to it.

    July 5

  • dan

    Bri is posting some work as backup.

    July 2

    • dan

      Bri is postponing posting her backup piece. if i may, i will post my poem. - maybe.

      July 4

  • dan

    i have written a new poem. i read a draft to bri at the meetup this evening. I've n ever read a draft before. It helped me to edit, refine and complete it - which i just did. i still have ink. now to sleep to dream of more to write....

    July 2

  • Jessica

    Writing goals for this week:

    Nadra: write 2 days this week
    Peter: write 4 days this week, 1/2 hour everyday
    Jane: do 1 day of serious writing/ revising this week
    John: read articles, work on query for "Hendrick's Appendix" and write another blog entry
    Jessica: create list of publications the group can submit to.

    Up for critique this week: John and Peter

    July 1

    • dan

      dan will write until the ink ceases to flow...

      July 2

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    Event Host
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    Event Host
  • Jane K.
    Event Host
  • A former member
  • A former member

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