We all need someone to encourage and motivate us to continue with our writing and grow as a writer. That is what Gondor Writers' Critique Group will do.
Writing groups help you meet other local writers, make friends with similar interests and informally share experiences in the real world. In this day of cyberspace, it is nice to get away from the computer and actually exchange ideas with some real people.
With the right critique group, you can learn quickly what is working in your writing and what isn't, shaving years off the learning curve. Not only do you get some quick and honest feedback on what you’ve written, but the act of critiquing someone else’s manuscript can teach you a great deal about what works and what doesn’t in your own.
As writers, we are generally avid readers as well. All of the reading you have done in your life has honed your instincts about other people’s writing. You can spot it immediately when something isn’t working. It feels awkward or off somehow and it interrupts your involvement in the story, jolting you out of the story and back to reality.
It takes some skill and effort to learn to step back from your own writing and ask yourself why something doesn’t work. A critique done by a sympathetic friend and/or writer can more quickly flag the problem and that act alone will teach you a great deal.
Gondor Writers' Critique Group will meet at Gondor Writers' Centre, 19 Caloundra St, Landsborough on the last Friday of every month from 4pm.
If the timing of the meeting does not suit and you are keen to join contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We may get the numbers to form a second group.
The critiques will be done on up to 1500 words of a work-in-progress. If you don't have a work-in-progress, you will be given a subject for a short story.
You upload your file to a special Dropbox for everyone to download and comment on. When critiquing, record your comments and bring them with you to the meeting or print out the copies with comments and bring the pages.
As the group grows, we will divide into similar interest groups, but for now we will all comment on all work submitted if we feel comfortable to do so. Members have the right not to comment on all work.