Topic: Don’t Suffer Alone: How to Use a Critique Group to Enhance Your Writing
Much of a writer’s life is spent hunched over a keyboard alone. But writing doesn’t have to be a completely solitary endeavor. A good critique group can feed your creativity, hone your skills, keep you focused, and avert despair. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the characteristics of a productive writing group and how to find one. Through hands-on activities, we’ll explore how to give and receive constructive criticism. Finally, we’ll focus on how critique and revision will help you produce your best possible work and have fun doing it. Several members of Amber Keyser’s critique group, Viva Scriva, will be on hand to share the inner workings of this productive bunch of writers.
Amber Keyser, an evolutionary biologist turned freelance writer, uses both story and science to understand how the world works and why we do what we do. She has written articles for Mothering Magazine online and CommonSenseMedia.org. Her articles for children have appeared in Odyssey Magazine and at Globio.org, an online biodiversity resource. Her books for children include An Algonquin Heart Song: Paddle My Own Canoe (The Friends of Algonquin Park) and two graphic novels from Capstone Press, Cells with Max Axiom and Genes with Max Axiom (due out in 2010).
We’ll have extra doorprizes at this event especially for writers interested in critique groups! Hope you can make it.