Critique Groups

Written By: TOM HESSLER

CRITIQUE GROUPS

SSWC has nine operating critique groups. Some of these groups are working at an optimum number of participants, however it is possible to attend the meetings as a guest to see how they operate. Current group members will help you establish a group if you would like to do so.

If you would like to attend a critique group meeting, please email the contacts listed below. We will line you up for the next meeting. Remember the meetings are the second Monday of each month.

Critique groups operate in several ways. A typical monthly critique group meeting might involve reviewing successive parts (say two or three chapters) of several of the participant’s works. The authors send each participant an electronic copy of the work. Members then review the work for punctuation, spelling, factual information, consistency of content, plot, characterization, tension and structure. It isn’t all criticism. It is important to point out, for instance, where the writer has done a good job at dialogue, or keeping us interested, or perhaps just in the way a thought was expressed. Those who have had their work reviewed think that the feedback they have received is invaluable. The critique group is really the heart of a writing club.

Current SSWC critique groups

Fiction Writer’s Critique Group Number 1

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month at the member’s homes, on a rotating basis. Meeting is at 7pm. This group, in its four year existence, has reviewed a substantial number of full length novels, several short stories, a screenplay and a memoir. Genres have included action, mystery, fantasy, intrigue, paranormal romance and humor. This group is at an optimum size and at present is not able to accept new members. Contact is Tom Hessler txhessler@comcast.net.

Writers Critique Group Number 2

This group reviews a variety of genres including fiction and memoirs. The group meets on the second Sunday at 1:30pm. At present time there are four participants. Contact is April Edsberg edsberga@comcast.net

Non-fiction Critique Group

This group reviews non-fiction books, memoirs, magazine articles and non-fiction short stories. They meet each month on the third Monday, at 6pm at a member’s house in Orangevale. There are currently four in the group and they would accept two more members. The contact person for this group is Pat Biasotti ptbiasotti@earthlink.net

Non-Fiction Critique Group No. 2

This group also reviews non-fiction books, memoirs, magazine articles and non-fiction short stories. They meet each month on the first Saturday, at 10am at a member’s house in Gold River There are currently three in the group and they would accept two more members. The contact person for this group is Frank Leek: email spsp@comcast.net.

RESCU Critique Group (Royal Elite Supreme Critique Unit)

The group has reviewed a variety of genres including sci-fi/fantasy, murder, thrillers, and are open to others. Meetings are usually held on third Sundays, each month, at Borders on Fair Oaks Blvd., near Howe. This group currently has five members of diverse genres. Contact is Ron Smith ronvws@hotmail.com.

Science-Fiction Group

A science-fiction group has formed. We are currently looking for someone to form and lead a science-fiction/fantasy group. Contact Tom Hessler at txhessler@comcast.net.

Children’s and Young Adult fiction Group

We will be forming a group that reviews juvenile material. If you have an interest, please contact Brittany Lord tealya@hotmail.com Brittany proposes to meet either Friday or Saturday once per month.

New Groups

A new group has formed, recently, reviewing a variety of fiction and non-fiction work. Contact Linda Lohman at lohmalinda@sbcglobal.net or phone Karen Sepahmansour at 916-200-9896. This group currently meets at 1:00 pm, the fourth Monday of each month, at the community house at 10026 Horn ROAD – Take Patriot lane to the flagpole. Meeting is inside the clubhouse. Plenty of parking on left (EAST) side of the pool.

We are forming a group to review short stories, screen or play writing. Humor is acceptable. Group will meet once a month. Contact Phil Braverman at pbaphil1@aol.com.