Category Archives: critique groups

Give and You Shall Receive

“In helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards On March 8, our critique group will present a free conference at Ozarks Electric Building on … Continue reading

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Writers, I’m giving you permission to take a few days off and concentrate on family and this wonderful season filled with hope, joy, love and generosity of spirit. Now that I’ve said that, I’ll bet you’re wondering just who I … Continue reading

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Saturday, most of the 42 members of our writer’s critique group gathered for our annual Christmas party. At first glance it might seem we all took a day away from our writing to celebrate this important anniversary of Jesus’ birth. … Continue reading

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For all the years I’ve been writing, I’ve listened to nearly every excuse there is for not writing. I think the one heard most often is “Life got in the way.” Writers, if you’re sincerely into your creative profession, that’s … Continue reading

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In the past I’ve written some about how I’ve organized my week. Since this is the first week of the new year, it might be pertinent to talk a bit about organization in our writing life. I’m often asked how … Continue reading

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It’s The Story Stupid

Over the past few years I’ve noticed the not-too-subtle change in entertainment, including novels and movies. It seems we’ve turned slowly from quality creativity to STORY. Some of those who write today are not very good writers, but they are … Continue reading

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Blue skies and warm winds beckon

Once, a wise woman told me that I should not bemoan my dislike of winter when it came around because that’s when we could relax from our summer chores and do some things we’d put off for a while. That’s … Continue reading

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Holding a Writer’s Conference

Saturday our Northwest Arkansas Writer’s Workshop critique group held a free writer’s conference in Fayetteville. We were hosted by the kind folks at Ozarks Electric in their community room. It was filled to capacity by some 80 writers, some of … Continue reading

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Book Festival

Sunday we returned from the Border Queen Book Festival in Comanche, Oklahoma. It was pleased to learn that the name of the book festival was taken from the history of Comanche. It seems that the town was once known as … Continue reading

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Christmas and Critique Groups

Addressing Christmas cards yesterday served to remind me how little time is left until that joyous holiday rolls around. Watching grandkids decorate their Mom and Dad’s tree with the help of our little Aidan, who will be three in March, … Continue reading

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