What we're about

THE CRITIQUE CIRCLE - GOLD COAST

Be one of the first to join our first meeting on Saturday 13th APRIL 2019.

The Critique Circle is a free writing group for writers of different genres aiming to improve writing skills by collectively reviewing writer's' work, offering suggestions/ compliments and to meet other writers. Our monthly meetings will be held:

* Where?
Broadbeach Library, Albert Waters – opposite Pacific Fair.

* Date?
2nd Saturday of each month

*Time?
Between 10.30am and 12 noon

The inaugural meeting will be held in the library's general area but future meetings will be in Meeting Room A. If a large number of writers attend, they will be grouped into small units so that everyone is involved in the evaluation and hopefully leave with an additional perspective.

* Who would benefit from this new group?

People of all writing levels, willing to share their ideas and skills with others, with an aim to helpfully evaluate rather than criticise. Writers with a completed short story or chapter(s) who wish to hear what others think of the work and are open to suggestions, would benefit from attending. We want people who are wiling to express and explain their views in a rational and respectful dialogue and emerging writers are welcome.

The founder members are:

Terry Spring - With journalism and training in her work background, she has published a number of books which sell in bookshops and on-line. She has given talks on writing at local libraries and Griffith university.

Louisa Wright - Louisa is new writer, currently writing children’s stories and women’s fiction and an avid reader of various genres. She recently had three stories published in an anthology - Mystery, Mayhem and Magic - with the Ten Penners group. She is currently working on 'Escape to Utopia' with the students of Griffith University and University of Canberra, who are currently making the story into an interactive VR game as a work-integrated-learning project. Louisa’s passion is children’s writing as it’s an escape from reality where she can be a child again. However, she is enjoying writing short stories and adult women’s fiction.

Sharron Alexiou – Working in Childcare, a mother of five, and a foster carer for almost fifteen years, Sharron loves being around children - they make her laugh and inspire her story ideas, and illustrations. Sharron has published a romance in an anthology, ‘Short Yarns for Big Imaginations’ with the Gold Coast Writers Association, and had six illustrations published in the Gold Coast Bulletin newspaper, as well as children’s stories and illustrations in ‘Mystery, Mayhem & Magic’ an anthology, with The Ten Penners group. She is working on writing and illustrating her own rhyming picture books.

* How do we intend to handle the format?

We have set up a 'Writing in progress Google page' accessed only by invitation. One of the founders will upload a written piece on it. At our first meeting we will give you access to it and the Review Page. We suggest you read the uploaded writing, looking at the content for the beginning, conclusion, title and headings and complete the Review Page which you will bring along to our next meeting.

We will share and discuss the reviews with that month's writer, who will leave with Review Pages from the attending writers giving a collective opinion and suggestions for their work. New members will be given access to upload their stories and the following month, members will arrive with their reviews of the latest passages.

* What does the Review Page cover?

Strengths and Weaknesses, Content, Organisation and Style.
Strengths:
- What did you like about the writing?

Weaknesses:
- What were the main points you thought needed re-working?

Content:
- The way the topic is developed (clarity).
- Writing style and text structure
- What Genre?

Organization:
- Consider start, conclusion and appropriate language
- What is the author's aim - is the scene set etc ? - and has this aim been achieved?
- Could the writing be better organised?
- Point of view

Style:
- Is tone appropriate (humorous, serious, reflective, satirical, etc.).
- The style of individual sentences - a variety of sentence lengths, whether they are clear
- Word choice is interesting and appropriate.
- Do you think it will interest the intended audience?
- Can you suggest ways to increase interest?
- What do these tell you about the main points of the story?-
- Does the writing style suit the intended audience? (eg: child - adult)

Correctness:
Refers to grammar - you may not know exactly what, but you identify that a sentence is not correct - and spelling.

Suggestions:
Focusing in on one event rather than many, providing more background.
Do you think it will interest the intended audience?
Can you suggest ways to increase interest?
What do these tell you about the main points of the story?

Upcoming events (5+)

The Critique Circle - GC

Broadbeach Library

The Critique Circle is a free writing group for writers of different genres aiming to improve writing skills by collectively reviewing writer's' work, offering suggestions/ compliments and to meet other writers. Our free monthly meetings will be held: at Broadbeach Library, Albert Waters – opposite Pacific Fair. 2nd Saturday of each month Between 10.30am and 12.30 The meetings will be in meeting room B. If a large number of writers attend, they will be grouped into small units so that everyone is involved in the evaluation and hopefully leave with an additional perspective. Who would benefit from this new group? People of all writing levels, willing to share their ideas and skills with others, with an aim to helpfully evaluate rather than criticise. Writers with a completed short story or chapter(s) who wish to hear what others think of the work and are open to suggestions, would benefit from attending. We want people who are wiling to express and explain their views in a rational and respectful dialogue and emerging writers are welcome.

The Critique Circle - GC

Broadbeach Library

As there are no meeting rooms available in April, our first meet will be in the library's general area...we will have a sign so can find us. Bring writing material...Be one of the first to join our meeting on Saturday 13th APRIL 2019. The Critique Circle is a free writing group for writers of different genres aiming to improve writing skills by collectively reviewing writer's' work, offering suggestions/ compliments and to meet other writers. Our free monthly meetings will be held: * Where? Broadbeach Library, Albert Waters – opposite Pacific Fair. * Date? 2nd Saturday of each month *Time? Between 10.30am and 12 noon The inaugural meeting will be held in the library's general area but future meetings will be in Meeting Room A. If a large number of writers attend, they will be grouped into small units so that everyone is involved in the evaluation and hopefully leave with an additional perspective. * Who would benefit from this new group? People of all writing levels, willing to share their ideas and skills with others, with an aim to helpfully evaluate rather than critisize. Writers with a completed short story or chapter(s) who wish to hear what others think of the work and are open to suggestions, would benefit from attending. We want people who are wiling to express and explain their views in a rational and respectful dialogue and emerging writers are welcome.

The Critique Circle - GC

Broadbeach Library

The Critique Circle is a free writing group for writers of different genres aiming to improve writing skills by collectively reviewing writer's' work, offering suggestions/ compliments and to meet other writers. Our free monthly meetings will be held: at Broadbeach Library, Albert Waters – opposite Pacific Fair. 2nd Saturday of each month Between 10.30am and 12.30 The meetings will be in meeting room B. If a large number of writers attend, they will be grouped into small units so that everyone is involved in the evaluation and hopefully leave with an additional perspective. Who would benefit from this new group? People of all writing levels, willing to share their ideas and skills with others, with an aim to helpfully evaluate rather than criticise. Writers with a completed short story or chapter(s) who wish to hear what others think of the work and are open to suggestions, would benefit from attending. We want people who are wiling to express and explain their views in a rational and respectful dialogue and emerging writers are welcome.

The Critique Circle - GC

Broadbeach Library

As there are no meeting rooms available in April, our first meet will be in the library's general area...we will have a sign so can find us. Bring writing material...Be one of the first to join our meeting on Saturday 13th APRIL 2019. The Critique Circle is a free writing group for writers of different genres aiming to improve writing skills by collectively reviewing writer's' work, offering suggestions/ compliments and to meet other writers. Our free monthly meetings will be held: * Where? Broadbeach Library, Albert Waters – opposite Pacific Fair. * Date? 2nd Saturday of each month *Time? Between 10.30am and 12 noon The inaugural meeting will be held in the library's general area but future meetings will be in Meeting Room A. If a large number of writers attend, they will be grouped into small units so that everyone is involved in the evaluation and hopefully leave with an additional perspective. * Who would benefit from this new group? People of all writing levels, willing to share their ideas and skills with others, with an aim to helpfully evaluate rather than critisize. Writers with a completed short story or chapter(s) who wish to hear what others think of the work and are open to suggestions, would benefit from attending. We want people who are wiling to express and explain their views in a rational and respectful dialogue and emerging writers are welcome.

Past events (2)

The Critique Circle - GC

Broadbeach Library

Photos (2)