Critique Meetup

Primarily for those looking for a critique group, but everybody's welcome. If you'd like to bring work, the best way is to upload a file (directions in comments section).

We'll meet at the Pavilion.

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  • Mahendra R.

    RSVP..will attend

    September 22, 2012

  • Heidi

    Next one posted here:
    http://www.meetup.com/dubaiwrit...­

    September 16, 2012

    • Padmini B. S.

      Mahendra, I totally agree with you.Thanks so much Heidi for taking this up. Look forward to seeing you in the next critiques meetup. :-)

      September 16, 2012

    • Heidi

      Need another RSVP before the thing's posted to the main site.

      September 22, 2012

  • Mahendra R.

    Hi Heidi, the top of this page says this site will close in 12 days for want of an organizer. Are you leaving or is there another person who is the 'organizer' who has left? I am sure a large majority would join me in urging you to take over the organizer role, if in case you are not leaving.

    September 17, 2012

    • Heidi

      For those worrying about this, I have talked to Will, he's still organizing so this SHOULD be sorted soon.

      September 20, 2012

  • Mahendra R.

    Hi Heidi, you posted a story on the meetup site last fortnight and I commented on it. By a coincidence I read a story that has the same theme and I thought you may enjoy reading it. The story is by the great master Jorge Luis Borges and a reading copy is here: http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~ja...­

    September 19, 2012

    • Heidi

      Hey thanks, I'll have a look at it soon!

      September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good; Moosa, food for thought.

    September 16, 2012

  • Padmini B. S.

    Another great evening. Thanks for the honest comments!

    September 15, 2012

  • saif N.

    alright guys i finally posted my very first file....it isn't that much, just a couple of pages, the book is called "our journey to heaven"...hope i get some readers so i could feel important tonight

    September 13, 2012

    • saif N.

      Now i leave you with this question....who created god ?

      September 15, 2012

    • saif N.

      Btw i wrote this when i was 18....thanks for the review budd

      September 15, 2012

  • Rima R.

    despite my best intentions, i will not be able to print out my story -- if you have read, i would love your feedback, if not, i hope to give you some :) see you guys soon

    September 15, 2012

  • Mahendra R.

    Hi All, I uploaded a story with a message attached, but I don't see the message here. So I guess I need to post here separately. Please read and critique it - I need the non-myopic outsiders view.

    September 12, 2012

    • Mithun M.

      i read your story,got to say i loved it.there is a need to edit the starting few paragraphs.you will need to cut the sentences to pieces,since this is evidently a first draft the lack of full stops could be forgiven:) .the thought process of a woman is one of the most difficult of things to actually understand but to write it down with a flow is a totally different matter that needs certain skill and you my friend have that skill,i will you that.you must rework on this to refine it and make it more appleaing to read,there is a lot of room for agressive improvement.but does this have content enough to be made into a novel? no, that relationship will lead to nowhere,thats just my opinion. its beauiful the way it is, if you add more conent this piece of art may tranced to the mainstream.

      September 13, 2012

    • Mahendra R.

      Hi Mithun, you have a good point there. Nowadays editors frown upon liberal use of colons and semi-colons; most readers cannot remember which is supposed to do what. Current preference is for robust sentences that stand on their own. I will rewrite this - although it will break my old teenage heart -since it was written when I was 18- not to show off the prose pyrotechnics. But no one will publish this self conscious piece. I must say I love this vigorous give and take in the group - much needed-- I hope it can be sustained.

      September 13, 2012

  • Padmini B. S.

    Hi everybody! I've uploaded the first two chapters of my family history, called The Family from Padma Vilas. I I'll be bringing copies for sure when we meet this Sat, 15th September, at the Pavilion. But do try to read it before- I'd really appreciate your comments on how to improve it. Thanks! :-)

    PS: Please don't be put off by the words "family history" - it's not so boring as it sounds, or at least I hope not! :-))

    September 9, 2012

    • Mahendra R.

      Hi Padmini, I read the chapters and I think you have the making of a good book. The passage of time is very well articulated. There are some suggestions I can make-- currently it reads neither like a memoir or history. Your often repeated "it seems" makes it unsure. It might be better to assume the reader knows it is not history - that is not corroborated --and move on from there. The other suggestion is if you bring too many characters too quickly the reader will need a pad to keep track.( I am assuming it is for publication and not just for the family).

      September 12, 2012

    • Padmini B. S.

      Hi Mahendra; I really appreciate your honest comments on my chapters. Thank you. To answer the first question, this is supposed to be a family history, and was originally intended for the eyes of my family, but now I've changed my mind as I think it may be of interest to other people too, (or I hope it does!). I know- even I'm not too comfortable with "it seems". Maybe I'll follow your suggestion and makeit clear to the reader that many things are just hearsay right from the start, and dispense with the "It seems."

      September 13, 2012

  • saif N.

    Wow dubai is amazing wish we had such excitment towards writing here in oman, anyways uh i wrote a book that answers questions like who created god, why did god create man, what is time and stuff like that....i hope i get a chance to spill out a little of my book
    Thanks

    September 12, 2012

  • Heidi

    Location changed to the Pavilion based on the fact it'll be open past 10. :)

    September 9, 2012

  • Rima R.

    May I suggest we meet at Make in Dubai Marina ? http://makebusinesshub.com/we-a...­

    I think if it is only 8 of us, it will be feasible. I have never been there before but heard great things about it -- and it is not too far off from the JLT metro stop on the Dubai Marina side (maybe a 10 minute walk or a 5 minute taxi ride)--

    Also, I will print out the first four chapters of my novel for everyone to read -- I think it is best if we focus on one chapter at a time for me. If you get a chance to read it beforehand, please do. I need all the help I can get and I would love your input.

    September 9, 2012

    • Heidi

      Dubai mall I assume. We can discuss locations at the meetup. ;)

      September 9, 2012

    • Rima R.

      fair enough ;)

      September 9, 2012

  • Heidi

    Also, for those who want to post something for us to read ahead of time, go to:
    http://www.meetup.com/dubaiwrit...­
    upload your file, make SURE you make it available only to other meetup members, and then post the link here.

    September 9, 2012

  • September 9, 2012

  • Rima Ruhman changed the location to The MAKE Business Hub

    September 9, 2012

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