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Welcome to the LA Writers Critique Group website!  Please see below for our schedule of meetings and browse our site for more information about participating.

Support the LA Writers Critique Group

The LA Writers Critique Group is a volunteer-run collaborative. Our workshops are free to attend and to participate in. Expenses that are paid by co-organizers include MeetUp fees and web hosting. Help support our work. In 2021, we aim to raise $400 to cover our costs.

 

Meeting Schedule

TOPIC
LINK
LOCATION
6/12/2021Writing about Sex: How to Make it Hot and Funny, Not CringeyZoom10:00 AM
6/19/2021Supplemental 10-Page Critique Meetup - No PresentationZoom10:00 AM
7/10/2021Use Exposition to Build Intensity Around Dialogue (10-page & 30-page groups)Zoom10:00 AM
7/17/2021Using Chapters EffectivelyZoom10:00 AM
7/24/2021Supplemental 10-Page Critique Meetup - No PresentationZoom10:00 AM
8/14/2021Writing the Killer Crime Novel with Joe Ide (10-page groups)Zoom10:00 AM

How Our Group Works

Submissions for each workshop will be saved to a specific Google Drive folder. The link to the folder will appear in the blog post for that workshop. For example, to find the submissions for May 4, go to that blog post and click on the link.

Each session’s documents and associated info (such as the document showing which group you are in for that week) will be included in that same folder. Keep in mind that you will link to the shared drive from this website, so we’ll point you here from our emails sent from Meetup.

We are also creating and updating a mailing list so that we can send updates and reminders to you from outside of the Meetup setup. Please be patient as we figure out how best to do this!

About

We started on Meetup.com at: https://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/ and can be found on Facebook at https://fb.me/LAwriterscritiquegroup

We are a group dedicated to writing, finishing, and publishing a novel, memoir, or short story. We critique each others’ work and serve as a support group for helping writers plot, organize, and publish their writing. We meet at the San Rafael Library and the Silver Lake Library. The format goes like this: At 9:30 or 10 a.m., the library opens. There is a presentation on the day’s subject that should last about a half-hour, unless we have a special guest star visiting. When the presentation is done, we begin the critiques.

Our group handles the following types of submissions:

  • 10-page excerpts
  • 30-page excerpts
  • First 100 pages
  • Full book manuscripts

Refer to the meeting descriptions in our blog to figure out when we accept works of different lengths for critique!

This  group is designed to help writers prepare a quality manuscript by critiquing work and discussing writing topics.

We all work hard at reading and commenting on our members’ manuscripts.

Some of us have been writing for years. Some of us are novices. All of us are dedicated to the craft of writing. We use Meetup and this website as a commitment to keep working on our projects.

We come from a variety of backgrounds. We are of all ages, but we have fiction and memoir writing in common.

Blog

August 7, 2021 Meeting

This is the link for the August 7 meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/u/1/folders/1jHk418N72BhZ5yG5VDydCZ_Rg4HY3Sy5 Use this link to obtain the list of who’s in what group and view/download/critique the appropriate documents. Happy reading!

July 24, 2021 Meeting

This is the link for the July 24 meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1S2w7z1wjH1taBo5HMgzpsC8jrcJSBVH8 Use this link to obtain the list of who’s in what group and view/download/critique the appropriate documents. Happy reading!

July 17, 2021 Meeting

This is the link for the June 12 meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1IA4iNTcJ2XFZVE4_i_phuSwO6hsPlyHd Use this link to obtain the list of who’s in what group and view/download/critique the appropriate documents. Happy reading!

Contact

Please contact us at our email address, docs@lawriterscritiquegroup.com, to send submissions and critiques.