Are you a writer? Do you need good feed back regarding your work in progress?
Are you someone who enjoys hearing bits and pieces of written work that is in the development stage and may be good at (or at least willing to try) giving friendly but constructive critique?
Effective critique can make your writing sing and your career soar. If you have read the appreciation section of the latest novel you've just admired then you know that the author had lots of help in writing his or her best seller. There are always names mentioned of those who helped form and shape that book with good and worthwhile suggestions.
One does not need to be a writer to join this group. If you are someone who enjoys the literary arts and has good insights for our writers critique sessions, then it may be a good fit for you. Of course we need writers as members, but this group is about getting feedback and constructive critique and thus the group may be a bit more inclusive than other writers groups.
I always feel a sense of kinship with famous writers —past or present whenever I learn about their writing processes. Having a group to critique with, bounce around ideas with, or just have a sense of artistic camaraderie is an important part of many writing careers. Some of the famous writer’s groups include:
The Inklings: Included C.S. Lewis among other well known male authors.
The Bloomsbury Group: included members such as Virginia Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, E. M. Forster and Lytton Strachey. According to Wikipedia: Although this group denied being a group in any formal sense. Members were united by an abiding belief in the importance of the arts and their work deeply influenced literature.
Algonquin Round Table: According to Wikipedia– Members and associates were Art Samuels, Charles MacArthur, Harpo Marx, Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott.
Shakespeare And Company Writers: According to Wikipedia– Writers and artists of the “Lost Generation,” such as Ernest Hemingway, Ezra Pound, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, George Antheil and Man Ray spent a great deal of time at Shakespeare and Company, and it was nicknamed “Stratford-on-Odéon” by James Joyce, who used it as his office.
Maya Angelou was part of a writers group in NYC. She mentions this in her latest autobiography regarding her adult years and how this influenced her to develop herself as a writer.
There are many different styles of critiquing fiction and memoir writing. Writers may hire a local or long distant firm who employ would-be writers or even published writers to edit and critique manuscripts. This is not a very personal way to gain feed back and usually one has to have a completed manuscript besides lots of money. One also takes the risk when using this method that his or her voice within the writing will be misunderstood or changed beyond recognition by this form of gaining access to a reader (early editor) who gives critique. As mentioned these editing firms usually charge thousands of dollars and do not guarantee that your manuscript will be published by a credible publishing house.
One may also give their writing to a friend to read for his or her opinions or even purposely bump into a former professor and ask for suggestions, etc. One may pay to take a course at The Loft. Of course there is always self-publishing houses who will also edit manuscripts, but even then one wants to write a book that others will enjoy reading not just one that has good grammar.
A better way to gather helpful suggestions and become better writers, in my opinion, is to do what the famous authors of the past did to improve their writing and that is to be part of a group of writers and others who encourage writers and purposely meet together in person to help one another by going over bits and pieces of works in progress.
This Saint Paul Writing Fiction & Memoir Critique Group (of writers or helpful readers) will hopefully develop over time into a small committed group of individuals who meet monthly or even bi-monthly in person in a very relaxed setting to give feed back to one another in regards to work in progress.
This group will meet in person and for the most part we will not be using the internet to communicate with one another regarding our written work. In other words we will not be sending our writing electronically to one another. This group will be based on the salon tradition of past generations when aspiring writers and established authors desiring to move forward in their individual writing met in person to encouraging and help one another. They also shared topics of interest and refreshments.
There are two types of members of this Critique Group:
(1) To be a member of this group, you do not necessarily need to be currently working on a piece of writing (especially if you are a published author) but you must consider yourself someone who is very supportive of the arts and is good at giving helpful critique whether you are a writer or not. Many talented writers have non-writing friends who helped them in regards to critique. After all writers need readers otherwise what is the reason that we desire to be published.
(2) If you are a writer (published or not) or identify yourself as a writer and are currently working on a work of fiction or a memoir with the end desire of getting it finished and published, then join this group and be one of the founding members.
All members must attempt to participate in at least two critique sessions a season. A season is based on our calendar year. All members may join our social events and partake of refreshments and good conversations. We may meet up in various locations just for socializing. The life of a writer is often very solitary and thus it is good for us to meet face to face to discuss our work and give and receive critique in a supportive writers community.
If you are in the process of writing your chapters or manuscript or are taking a break from writing and enjoy critiquing work in progress... please CONSIDER BECOMING AN ACTIVE MEMBER.
If you are interested in helping to form this new group for the purpose of meeting together in the Twin Cities and giving helpful critique to one another... then please sign up and attend.
Only RSVP if you are definitely attending. If you sign up and then find out you are unable to attend (life happens) then you must remove your name from the attendees list as soon as possible so the host knows how many to expect. Thanks.
We will be meeting in a comfortable setting of a home where we may also share member contributed snacks and drink beverages of our choice and do some good natured but serious critique of written works in progress.
The host of this group is a woman who is working on a series of novels that are inspired by actual events. The work is fiction but has elements of memoir writing and are semi-biographical in nature.
Over the years it has been noticed that authors of merit have formed good writing friends whom they get together with on a regular basis to talk and socialize, but also to critique works in progress.
Writing is a lonely profession or hobby because we spend most of our time alone with fictional characters.
This writers group may be very helpful to many of us in regards to having honest feed back that helps keep us grounded in what readers will want to invest their time and money.
If the possibility of being part of this group interests you, then please answer the questionnaire regarding your writing and your critique interests.
The organizer will respond and may ask for clarification if she does not understand something. Likewise if you have any questions for the organizer, please do not hesitate to ask.
The meet up site has an internal message system that works better for the organizer than sending emails. If you are able to use this function on your computer, please do. (If you are already part of the Meet Up system then it is easy for you to send a message to the organizer.) If you have discovered this through your search engine then you may join Meet Up for free to make it possible to make contact.
The organizer will give her telephone number to those who have in depth questions regarding the purpose and intent of the critique group. This is a new group and so anyone who becomes a member will be considered a founding member.
Any future member who would like to edit this description, let the organizer know. It would be appreciated. It was written quickly and has a lot of repetition.
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