Calling All Middle Grade and Young Adult Writers!
Get constructive feedback for your manuscripts, meet potential critique partners, and make new friends!
What to Bring:
- Please bring the first chapter of your manuscript or the chapter with which you need the most help
- Please bring a copy of your work for everyone to read, a notebook/pad and pen to use for your critique notes, and (optional) a voice/tape recorder if you wish to record the critique.
If you are new to critique groups, please read the following:
1. Our group provides some guidelines and handouts to help you get the most out of the critique. The handouts will aid you in your own revision process by teaching you what to look for while critiquing your own work as well as the works of others.
2. If you are a CBW-LA member (meaning you have registered and paid for membership via www.cbw-la.org), you may download the critique handouts under the Members Only section on the cbw-la.org website. If you are not a CBW-LA member, please sign up and pay the $10 fee.
THE VALUE OF A CRITIQUE SESSION
As writers, we are very close to our work and oftentimes we miss certain details on story development or story elements like characters, setting, etc.
Critique sessions allow other people with “fresh eyes” to have a look at your writing sample and read them as your future readers would, providing you with valuable feedback to improve your writing skills and get your manuscript submission-ready.
In all our Critique Sessions, we give you feedback in the most TACTful way possible.
TACT = Finesse, thoughtfulness or having a keen sense of what to say or do to avoid giving offense; skill in dealing with difficult or delicate situations.
TACT is also the technique we use for our critiques:
T = Terrific
We share what we loved in your piece, what worked in your story and what we liked about your plot, setting, character, pacing, etc.
A = Author Questions
In the last few minutes of your critique time, we encourage you, as the author, to ask questions either about your story or to clarify the comments you received.
C = Constructive Comments We deliver, in the politest way possible, comments that are specific and helpful to help you improve your story.
T = Talent Talent can get you far, but hard work can get your farther. We always end by encouraging you, the author, to keep on writing. We remind you that we are here to help you achieve your writing goals.
Please note, CBWLA's Critique Sessions will be implementing the following policy changes beginning January 1, 2015:
- Cost: Critique sessions will remain free to members and $10 for nonmembers (Due to logistics, there will no longer be a pay-at-the-door option for nonmembers. Members are not affected).
- No Show Policy: A $10 charge will be added for no-shows (both members and nonmembers) unless 24-hour notice is given to the facilitator: firstname.lastname@example.org. Since there is a limited number of spots available, please register only if you are sure you can attend the critique. If you are unable to attend for any reason, please email the facilitator immediately so that other interested members may be given the chance to participate.
- Late Arrival Policy: Please arrive on time. The critique sessions will begin promptly at noon. The amount of critique time is determined by the number of participants present at the start time. If you know that you will be arriving later than 15 minutes, please inform the facilitator prior to the start time of the critique session.Otherwise we may be unable to critique your work that day.