Pens ‘n Friends Peer Critiques Event

Let’s Get to the Nitty Gritty

By: Loni Cameron

The most recent WCYR event hosted a Lunch and Critique. As we arrived, we helped ourselves to a sandwich, some vegetables or fruit, and joined a table of like-minded individuals. It was a casual start to the day, with the conversations ranging from who-knew-who in each of the groups, to who were our most favourite and least favourite authors. With introductions made, desert taken, and laughs exchanged, we listened to a few words from Board Chair, MJ Moores and Special Events Coordinator, Doug Owen.

Then it was time to get to the nitty gritty. We broke up into groups of four, with a moderator for each group. Each person presented their comments on an excerpt of our writing, and we discussed each excerpt: our likes, and our suggested improvements. The author was given an opportunity to ask questions. This was an amazing opportunity for clarity, feedback, and discussion.

The Critique Luncheon was one of the most productive writing events I have attended with the WCYR. I was happy to have to opportunity to get such personalized feedback on my work from my peers. I benefitted from the different readers’ perspectives, their thoughts, and how they reacted to the content of the story. I think all the members in my group felt the same way. We had the time to take notes as individualized comments were provided. The best part of this process was that the critique was a conversation: the author was not “talked at”, but “spoken with”, given concrete examples to backup opinions and suggestions. I am so happy that I attended and will definitely participate again next year at the May 2019 Pens n’ Friends luncheon. Not only did I receive invaluable feedback and help with my work-in-progress, I feel that the other people in my group did as well.

Upcoming Events:

June 23 & 24 is Cottage-Con. With 2 people per table, the cost is only $50 to join. Please contact Doug.

July 13 to 15 is Ad Astra in Richmond hill. Please contact Doug to confirm participation.

This year, WCYR’s The Bookshelf will be on July 7th. Shared tables are $20, a single occupant table is $30. Volunteers would also be great!

Upcoming Meetings

Opening Scenes with Kelley Armstrong (Rescheduled Event from April 15th, 2018, cancelled due to inclement weather) – Saturday, June 30th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

WCYR Open House with Gwynn Scheltema and Ruth Walker – September 16th, from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Lion’s Hall Community Centre in Newmarket (It’s Free!!)

Developing Dynamic Villains with MJ Moores – Free Members-Only Workshop hosted by Board Chair MJ Moores – Thursday, October 4th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Newmakeit

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When Loni isn't reading other people's words or running around after her two young children, she spends time writing stories of her own. She finds inspiration in the little things, but also in momentous events. Loni currently resides in York Region. Twitter: @LoniStorm Instagram: loni_storm Facebook: @LoniCameronWriter

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