At the heart of membership in the Blue Ridge Writers is the long-standing critique program. In monthly sessions, members give and receive constructive comments on their works in a supportive environment. One member says, "The atmosphere is congenial; the feedback essential to improving my writing." Another says, "It is so important to be part of a supportive community that helps me be the best writer I can be."
Another said, "I love critique!"
We never know what or how much we are going to learn in a session. The value received is surprising.
Meeting in the virtual Zoom environment has replaced in-person meetings at WriterHouse for the time being. Members are assigned to a small discussion group (4-6 members) on the third Friday of the month.
One benefit of the Zoom meeting format is that the travel time is whatever it takes for participants to get to their computers. Some BRW members live an hour's drive away from Charlottesville, or further. With Zoom, we have convenience and safety, as well as community and camaraderie. So, if you've been contemplating participating in Critique, this is an excellent time to try it. Only members may submit up to ten pages of works in progress. Upon confirmation, guests may observe one session before joining.
Background. Louise M. Mitchell founded the Critique Program more than five years ago and continues to manage the process monthly according to Rules and Guidelines that have proven to be a winning format. Every month, authors learn something new and provide input to others that is invaluable. We are subject matter experts as well as writing and publishing gurus, yet we may not realize it until a particular discussion ensues.
Members participate according to the schedule that supports their writing goals and life needs. In other words, you don't have to participate every month. We know that vacations, family events, professional commitments, and the need to rest are all important aspects of a balanced writer's life, too. But if your writing project is ready for a support group, consider the BRW Critique Program.
Interested in more information? Email me at Louise.BlueRidgeWriters@gmail.com
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