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Mid-Week Writer's Critique Group
We use a read-aloud format. You don't have to read - you can show up to listen and critique or just listen. There are no set time limits on critiques - all we ask is that you be mindful of how many readers are reading after you so that everyone gets a chance to read. Generally, unless needed, we read in order of appearance, so please sign in as soon arriving. If you wish to have your work critiqued, please bring a short piece or chapter (about 3-5 double-spaced pages) to read to the group. It can be any genre, including non-fiction, plays, or poetry. We're not a line-editing group so bringing copies of your work is not required although it may be helpful. Please plan to buy lunch or just a dessert/beverage; this establishment is willing to allow us to use its facilities, so it is only right to compensate them in some way for that courtesy. We tip our servers well since our group stays at least twice as long as the average table.

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Welcome to 9 Bridges

Writing can be a solitary journey. There is no one right or wrong way to pursue your love of writing, and no two writers share the exact same experiences. The methodology that works for one person often doesn’t work for another. Writers are a little like stars in the sky – while there are countless numbers, each is completely unique and capable of creating their own world full of wonder.

9 Bridges creates connections – bridging differences in styles, personalities and level of experience. We feel we can all learn from one another, whether it means a poet might learn something new about cadence from a science fiction writer, or that a horror writer might coach a memoir writer about tension. We strive to not only connect writers to writers, but to give writers greater access to the communities that can help them the best.

We do this through offering positive, supportive critique groups that help people improve their writing skills without cutting them down. The format is simple - each member brings a sample of their current work in progress and reads it out loud to the group. Feedback is based on based on what is heard, and this provides a different experience than seeing things on paper. We also have monthly workshops on a variety of topics about the craft and business of writing. Finally, we partner with other organizations to bring discounts and/or free admissions to members for conferences, events and services. Membership is free. We keep this organization up and running through the generous support of our members. Please consider assisting us - we are a 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible.

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