Scroll down for our Purpose, Benefits of Participation, Critique Guidelines, and a Map to the Church.

If you're a writer who needs an accountability group that will pray for you and provide wonderful feedback for your work, then I invite you to join us. Donna and the gang have kept me focused on my novel, and will do the same for you! - Teri Horsley

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

What happens when MAC Writers meet?

Every meeting, we get to share good news - even if it's that we've started writing. Or finished another chapter. Or submitted a piece. We celebrate every step.

Occasionally, I invite a speaker. Our speakers encourage and educate us. I make an announcement in advance if we are having a speaker.  I invite you to come a time or two. We learn from each other in a safe, loving atmosphere.

Our suggested dues are $30/year or $5/meeting.

Presenting is voluntary, not mandatory, for participation in this writers’ group. Writers offer up to three pages (no more) of double-spaced copy, 12 point font, for constructive criticism after reading their work aloud to their small group. If able, bring at least ten copies of your work.

1. Reasonable Expectations. The purpose of a critique session is to offer a positive opinion, a different point of view or a helpful suggestion for the writer.

2. Consistent Goal. The goal of critiquing is to encourage each other to keep writing, keep trying, and/or to possibly attempt something new and different.

3. Nothing Personal. Constructive criticism should never focus on the individual writer, but give inspiration for their work.

4. More to Learn. Every writer and every person who critiques has permission to be imperfect, as an individual work in progress.

5. Tact and Sensitivity. Comments from your critique group will be gentle, but honest; never harsh or personal.

6. Written Words. After reading your two pages of copy, group members will write their constructive criticisms and return them to you for your edification.

7. Friendly Listeners. An oral reading to a group may be a high-risk venture for the writer, but you can be assured that you are always among friends.

8. Receiving Criticism. Generally, writers should not defend or respond with explanations about their presentations from critique group members. However, it may be appropriate to answer a few direct questions from the group.

9. After the critique: Unless you have a special working relationship with other members or have made arrangements in advance, please do not send out items for group members to critique and/or edit between meetings. We have editors who attend the meetings who charge for their services and would be glad to talk to you about editing.

Why don't you make it a goal to bring something for critique to our next meeting? I'd love to meet you. - Donna

1 comment:

Cynthia Hinkle said...

This is terrific, Donna. Two Tuesdays a month I practice with my praise group. Since rehearsal is two weeks on, two weeks off, I may not always be able to attend. I can come this month just remind me.