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Critique Session
Hello writers! Our next monthly Critique Session will be held on Friday, March 9th at 7:00 PM. Currently, all three slots are available. Please remember that we will review submissions ONLY from authors who have RSVP'd at the time of selection. We would like to announce the final selection of pieces to be reviewed by Thursday, March 1st at 10:00 PM (EST). Basic Ground Rules/FAQs for every session (PLEASE READ IN FULL): • The official critique activity will start promptly at 7:00 PM. Our group has the room from 6:30 PM on if people want to talk about writing or just socialize before the formal discussion. It's usually not a problem if people stay past 8:00 PM, but we will try to maintain the schedule (with time equally allocated to each submission) so the meeting doesn't go way over. • We request that you read the works ahead of time, mark them up, and come ready to give your comments. The pieces to be reviewed will be announced in advance and available in the group's Dropbox (http://www.dropbox.com) area (see Dropbox Access below). • Works submitted for review must be uploaded to the group’s Dropbox area (see Dropbox Access below) Up to three submissions will be selected for critique at each session. Priority will be given in the following order: (1) to authors who have recently critiqued the work of others when their own work was not under review (2) to authors who have not presented recently (3) after that, on a first-come-first served basis • Please try to limit the length of submissions to the equivalent of ten double-spaced pages; PAGE NUMBERS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. • Please submit work in either PDF, .doc, or .docx format. • Submission of a work is not a requirement for attendance; please feel free to come and participate in the discussion or merely observe. Also, the viability of this group depends on the willingness of participants to critique the work of others, even if their own work is not under discussion at a given session. • When offering feedback: (1) Please remember to always be constructive and respectful, both in verbal and written comments. Presenting one's work to a group can be intimidating; our goal is to provide frank and candid but supportive critiques, to help everyone improve their skills. Disrespectful and/or dismissive criticism is contrary to our goals and values and will not be tolerated. (2) It is helpful to provide a hard copy or digital version of your comments to the author in addition to verbal feedback. (3) Please keep verbal commentary reasonably brief so as to allow all participants to comment on the pieces. (4) To make the best possible use of our limited time, please help to keep the discussion focused on the text being reviewed, and on issues of substance (themes, character development, tone, word choice, etc.) rather than typos, punctuation, or other minutiae. • WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REJECT SUBMISSIONS THAT ARE NOT ADEQUATELY PROOFREAD Dropbox Access: Submission and downloading of documents for review requires access to the group Dropbox site, which in turn requires a Dropbox account (which can be created free of charge). To obtain access, send an e-mail request to westboroughwritersworkshop@gmail.com identifying yourself as a member; you will receive an invitation to the group's Dropbox area. At that point you will be given the option of creating a Dropbox account, if you don’t already have one. Note: You only need to request and be granted access once, unless you leave the group. WARNING: Because of how Dropbox team folders are set up, it is possible for one user to delete files uploaded by other users, perhaps by accident. A couple of requests: (1) Please try not to do this. (2) Be prepared to upload a new copy of your submission if it should get deleted for any reason. Regards, Gus and Ashley P.S. As always, thanks to Tatnuck Bookseller (http://tatnuck.com) for providing our meeting space. Please show your appreciation by supporting them with your business.

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