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General Meeting Program Thursday July 6th 2017

Critique Extravaganza!

Join us at 6:30 pm on July 6th at the Guild Hall on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo for a Critique Extravaganza.

If you’re not in a critique group, do you wonder what it’s like, what kind of feedback an experienced, published writer would give? If you are in a group, do you sometimes wonder if other writers would give different comments? And do you wonder, every time you read your work aloud to others if you are as effective as you can be?

Well, wonder no more. On Tuesday, July 6th, SLO NightWriters will give you an opportunity to learn and experience new feedback.

Part 1: Effective Reading Techniques

The first section of this two-part presentation features you as a presenter. Bring no more than two double-spaced pages to read aloud, and our panel will give you tips on what you do well, and what you need to continue working on. We’ll also demonstrate proper reading techniques to help you be as effective as you can be. We will be critiquing your performance only in this section of the night, not your writing.

Part 2: Effective Critique Techniques

Part two of this hands-on, interactive meeting will cover you as a writer as we delve into the critique process itself. Our panel of experienced writers will offer advice and feedback on the pieces read. They will focus on the technical aspects of the writing, its clarity, structure, word usage, etc.

Each reading is to be no more than 250-500 words (two double-spaced pages maximum, 12-point type, 1” margins all around). For the presentation portion of the meeting, you need only one copy to read. If you’d like your piece critiqued, please bring four copies (one each for the panelists) plus one to read. Work will be read on a first-come-first-served basis, so be sure to get there early to put your name on the list. We’ll do our best to get to as many pieces as we can. Whether you’re part of the process or part of the audience, bring a notebook and pen to take notes for future reference.

One of the greatest values of participating in a critique process is hearing a variety of perspectives, and learning by what other writers/presenters do right—and not so right. It’s a fabulous way to improve your skills in both writing and presenting. Don’t be shy—bring your work to our encouraging, informative and fun Critique Extravaganza on July 6th at 6:30 pm.

A NightWriting wench name of Pat,

pulled magical tricks from her hat.

Her night of critique,

allowed all to speak.

Chit chatter, chit chatter, chit chat.

Round Tables Critique Sessions 5:15 pm

Terry Sanville and Mark Arnold will be here to critique your work.

Please keep your submission to two pages, typed, 12-point font, double-spaced. This is a great—and safe—way to see what the critiquing process is all about, get valuable feedback from two fantastic writers, and practice reading your work to a small audience

Jan Alarcon will moderate Rosie Makinney's Critique Group this month while Rosie is away

This Session will be held in the conference room to the left of the meeting room. 

Please don't forget to sign in first. 5:15 pm

In this group participants will critique each other's work in a safe and supportive environment. 

This is an opportunity to get feedback on your work in progress and practice your constructive critiquing skills. It is also a great way to get to know other writers in our group. You do not have to bring along work to participate.  Please keep submissions to double spaced, 12 font, two pages. 

A timer will be used to give everyone equal time. 


Round Tables Susan Tuttle

Susan's Topic will be  - Dialogue.

This month's meeting will be held at a different venue and on a different day. Our usual meeting place hosts the homeless for this week. A wonderful gesture. The meeting will be held at the San Luis Obispo Guild Hall. 2880 Broad Street, San Luis Obispo.

Please see the map below for directions

Please note that there will be a charge of $5:00 for all non-members who attend a critic group or round table. Payment will be accepted at the entrance to the meeting.

Janice Konstantinidis

Programs Director SLONW

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