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This group is for intermediate/advanced writers actively pursuing traditonal or self publication. Participating in a critique group is invaluable. Critiques are an instrumental part of the writer's journey. Developing connections with peers willing to offer informed, candid evaluations of our work is vital to our growth and success. Please keep in mind; picture books generally target children up to 8 yrs. and average 50 to 500 words.

MEETING TIME & LOCATION

Meetings will be held on the 1st Saturday of every month in Roseville.

• RSVP via Meetup (required)

• Please arrive on time. We break into groups and distribute manuscripts; arriving late is disruptive.

CRITIQUE GROUP EXPECTATIONS

• Connect with fellow members for inspiration and motivation.

• Act as accountability partners to achieve goals.

• Offer honest, thoughtful feedback in an encouraging and positive manner.

• Develop your ability, productivity, and creativity in a nurturing environment.

• Be prepared, focus on the group's objective, and use the meeting time wisely.

CRITIQUE GROUP MEETINGS

• Bring 6 copies of your double-spaced manuscript.

• Equal time will be allotted to each submission. The author or the person to their left will read the manuscript aloud. A few minutes will be provided for written critiques, and verbal critiques will begin.

• Manuscripts will be returned to the author.

• Keep an eye on the time to ensure everyone's work is reviewed. A critique leader will be assigned to monitor time and guide the group to stay on track.

• Provide a thorough written critique. Your notes should be comprehensible without verbal explanation.

• During verbal critiques, avoid repeating what has already been said. If you concur, notate your agreement on your written critique as that's important feedback for the author.

CRITIQUE SUGGESTIONS

• Use the sandwich method: start with something positive, then provide constructive criticism, and end with something positive. Always be respectful and kind.

• Offer useful feedback. Provide examples and be as specific as possible.

• Don't focus on grammar and punctuation. Line editing is not the critique group's job.

• Point out any problem or weak areas and provide feedback. The critique is intended to spotlight areas for potential improvement without diluting the voice/vision of the writer.

• A good critique group will trust the intentions of its members and appreciate the candid feedback. We're all professionals and value the advice of our peers. With that in mind, we're also creatives, and our work is highly personal. We should inspire each other to create our best work by offering equal measures of critique and encouragement.

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