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For creative writers and others who want critique from fellow writers in preparation for publication. We will meet at SilverLake Coffee on Glendale Blvd every Tuesday at 3pm; please rsvp to me. Those who want feedback via a cyber-group - see threads.

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Started by Kate McCallum Aug 3, 2009.

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Comment by Vicki Larnach Hare on April 26, 2011 at 6:20am
Hello, I'm new to writing with words, I write with sound and melody. Maybe one of you talented souls will one day critique my musical theatre libretto.  How to show, not tell, how to not be preachy, to know how much or how little to give the audience to get the message across ... that light bulb moment which burns deeper and stronger long after they get home.
Comment by Kathleen on June 30, 2009 at 9:50am
I definitely think an online group can be done; the 21st century opens up a terrific amount of options! Personal interest is always the bottom line, for everyone; otherwise, why join a group, or why write? So I hope you can definitely start something here, and that we can have people pursuing whatever form of feedback will benefit their own process.

For me, it just takes a lot more time to give written feedback. And I don't get to meet other writers. So I will be trying to start something in the So-Cal sunshine:)
Comment by Dylene Cymraes on June 29, 2009 at 1:15pm
I have several scripts in the works, but as those don't belong solely to me, I can't really share them here. I do have a couple of stories in various levels of completion; a novelette (too long to be a short story and too short to be a novel) which has some promise, as well as the other orphaned projects that are waiting for inspiration to deign to come back.

I have an idea simmering that was spawned by The World Without Us, about an Earth Spirit who wakes up once we are gone--and feels compelled to understand the vanished race of humans, from the perspective of a bewildered immortal being.

That one has more consciousness about it than anything else currently in my hopper. It has also gotten precious little attention lately, in the desire to keep my lights on and working for hire...
Comment by philip on June 29, 2009 at 11:59am
As I believe the 21st century is all about asynchronizing and delocalizing yourself, I am thrilled to participate in the online group ;-) Thank you Michelle for posting the first conversation. Will add my piece there in a moment...
Comment by Kathleen on June 29, 2009 at 11:56am
Hi Michelle,

Please feel free to coordinate that in this space... I'm not sure how to go about that, as I think it's difficult to exchange with people you've never met... It seems to me people who have to initiate contact and just get someone to read their work. Of course, once people are friendly, the whole picture changes...

I'm getting an in-person group together, just because that's what interests me. And I don't want to spend too much time on organizing but rather on writing and the process a critique group's feedback engenders. I also really am interested in meeting other writers and getting a sense of what makes them tick. The group tomorrow wil have at least two or three people - plus anyone from this site who decides to come too. (So anyone interested, please bring at least one extra copy if you come in case my friend, and perhaps one other, don't sign up on this site before tomorrow!)
Comment by Kathleen on June 29, 2009 at 11:11am
Hi Constance,
Yes, I imagine that's the case with many people... I hope you are able to use this forum to get feedback on your writing if you wish to; I guess if you already know members, you know you'd value their opinions! & they'd be willing to exchange writing by email. But yeah, the vision for the group is a simple critique group, with friendships and of course more personal exchanges of work coming out of it organically.
Comment by Kathleen on June 28, 2009 at 10:34am
I also really like and appreciate the clips. It's a great idea to post inspirational anything here - though I've yet to have time to watch the Gilbert one through. I hope everyone has something to share on Tuesday - we are planning on meeting at 3pm at Silverlake Coffee on Glendale Blvd in SL; please rsvp via this comments post so other know how many people are coming and can bring the appropriate number of copies (5 pp double spaced). I'll be bringing the first 5 pages of my novel. I really hope to see people there, with their work, and that this group gets off the ground - or on the ground, albeit suspended in a sunshiny space and time. I have straightish blonde hair and will be wearing a very floppy brown hat and sitting outside - hope to see you Tuesday at 3.
Comment by Kate McCallum on June 26, 2009 at 11:06pm
Love these video clips! Thank you so much for posting them. Very very inspirational!

Onward!
Comment by Dylene Cymraes on June 26, 2009 at 1:12pm
Hello, everyone! Although I am geographically separated, I would like to participate in this group.

Constance, you have no idea how wonderful it was to watch Elizabeth Gilbert's TED clip. She communicated beautifully about the fears I have struggled to explain to others.

:-)
Thanks, and I look forward to learning more about all of you and your work...

Dy
Comment by Kathleen on June 21, 2009 at 8:08am
Thanks, Katie, I may just take you up on that someday!
Best,
Kathleen
 

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