Critique 101: How to participate in — or build — a healthy, effective critique group
Writing is often thought of as a solitary endeavor, the author banging away on the keyboard alone, but in truth, few longer works of fiction are successful without outside input, multiple rewrites and the support of the larger writing community. In fact, critique groups made up of other writers can be the fastest and surest way to improve your writing and turn your work-in-progress into a novel on a store shelf. Geared toward critique novices and doubters, this workshop will explain why critique is valuable, what healthy critique looks like, and how to read like a writer. We'll discuss common pitfalls on both the giving and receiving ends of critique and walk through various levels of feedback, from big-picture plot issues down to nitty-gritty word choice.
Kate Jonuska is a writer of fiction, features and food based in Boulder, Colorado. Her freelance features have been published by Boulder Magazine, Boulder Weekly, the Daily Camera, the Denver Post and more widely, with a specialization in food, health and the arts. On the authorial side, she's an indie author of speculative fiction with a literary edge who has been nominated for multiple awards, including the Pushcart and Booklife prizes. Kate also edits and publishes anthologies, runs the Boulder County Indie Authors, speaks at conventions, doodles on any paper within sight, and teaches yoga.
It will be at 6:00 pm in the Arapahoe Room of Boulder's Main Library.
To sign up, go to: https://www.meetup.com/Boulder-Writers-Alliance-Meetup/events/wnxvtqyzmbxb/