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Why I Love My Critique Group

Why I Love My Critique Group by Katrina Shawver I know without a doubt that my debut book, Henry: A Polish Swimmer’s True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, would not exist in its present form without my writing … Continue reading

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On Writers’ Critique Groups

On Writers’ Critique Groups by Vaughn Treude When novice writers ask their brethren for advice, we frequently recommend joining a writer’s group. Believe me, it can be very helpful. There are two kinds of fiction writers who resist this advice, … Continue reading

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Input from Others Can Improve Your Output as an Author

Input from Others Can Improve Your Output as an Author by Barbara Renner I wrote my first two picture books while living in a small town in northwest Minnesota for the summer. Enthralled with the state bird, the Common Loon, … Continue reading

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Why Workshop? The Benefits of a Fresh Perspective

Why Workshop? The Benefits of a Fresh Perspective by Matthew Howard “Workshop” often means a paid seminar or a creative writing session, but today we look at a different kind of workshop: local groups of writers meeting to read each … Continue reading

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Contemporary, Literary, or Commercial: What Type of Writer Am I?

Contemporary, Literary, or Commercial: What Type of Writer Am I? by Mary Ellen Stepanich, Ph.D. At a recent meeting of one of my writers critique groups, a short story I had submitted for review and feedback was gently criticized for … Continue reading

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How do you know when you’re done?

How do you know when you’re done? by Patrick Hodges I can’t put enough quotation marks around the word “done” in the title to emphasize my point, so I won’t even try. If you’re like me, you’re your own worst … Continue reading

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What to Look for in a Beta Reader

What to Look for in a Beta Reader by T.M. Williams In many ways, finding the right beta reader1 is almost as challenging as finding the right publisher. But are beta readers even necessary? No. There are plenty of best-selling … Continue reading

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