The Great Critique – June 2016

Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/25/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location
TaborSpace, The Dining Room
5441 SE Belmont Street - Portland, OR 97215



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~START THE SUMMER “WRITE!" WITH ANOTHER GREAT CRITIQUE~

A chance for writers and illustrators to be mentored and critiqued by a professional and their peers. We have done these events twice yearly since January 2013. Attendees love them.

When:  June 25, 2016 
Location:  The Dining Room, TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97215
Time:  9:30 to noon. First half hour networking, with coffee and donuts, and then from 10:00 to 12:00 critique session.

Questions? Contact Kim Kasch, kasch5@comcast.net

Never been in a critique group? Wish you could be critiqued by someone who is ahead of you in the publishing game? Want to strengthen your work? Need a fresh set of eyes and ears on that oft-revised piece? Want to have your manuscript ready for the Spring conference? This is your chance. A published writer will lead each small group and critique your manuscript. You'll also hear others' work and get feedback from those writers too. Plus you'll learn from the comments by the critique leader about the work of others.

Cost:

SCBWI members – $15.00 REGISTRATION TO OPEN MAY 24TH

Nonmembers – $25.00 REGISTRATION TO OPEN MAY 24TH

How it will work for Writers:

1. Sign up now keeping in mind the kind of manuscript you'll be bringing. You may bring a maximum of five double-spaced pages or 1200 words. DO NOT bring more. Use standard manuscript format, which means your first page will not be a full page. For picture books, we suggest you bring no more than 750 words.

2. Choose your published author critiquer. You'll be in a group of 5 or 6 peers. CHOOSE ONLY ONE CRITIQUER, AND BE SURE TO CHOOSE A CRITIQUER WHEN YOU REGISTER.

3. We'll let you know how many copies of your manuscript to bring to the meeting.

4. We'll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.

5. At the meeting each of you will have a chance to pass your work around to your group and read it aloud.

6. Each person in the group will make notes on your manuscript as you read. They'll write down what they like, mark errors they see, indicate where they are confused or what doesn't work for them.

7. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If time, other participants may comment.

8. You'll receive your copies with written comments from each one in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

9. You might even make some new friends or find those to form a critique group.

"Can’t imagine sitting with a group of strangers and reading your manuscript aloud? It should be harder to imagine sending an untried, unedited, unrevised bit of your soul out on submission!" – Jennifer C. Bailey, children's writer and social media expert

How it will work for Illustrators:

1. Sign up now to indicate that you are bringing up to 5 of your best portfolio pieces.

2. You will be in a group of 5-6 peers and a published illustrator. CHOOSE ONLY ONE CRITIQUER, AND BE SURE TO CHOOSE A CRITIQUER WHEN YOU REGISTER.

3. Bring 1 color copy of each illustration for the professional. DO NOT BRING ORIGINALS – these copies will be written on!

4. Bring 5 black and white copies of each illustration for your peers. If images are small, you may put more than one per page. DO NOT BRING ORIGINALS – these copies will be written on!

5. We'll also send you some basic critique group guidelines.

6. At the meeting each of you will have a chance to pass your work around to your group. You might want to share what media you used for each image.

7. Each person in the group will make notes on your illustrations. They'll write down what they like, mark errors they see, indicate what doesn't work for them.

8. The professional writer will verbally critique your work. If time, other participants may comment.

9. You'll receive your copies with written comments from each one in your group. Take them home and let the ideas simmer.

10. You might even make some new friends or find those to form a critique group.

FACULTY (See pictures and bios by clicking on the link in the lavender box)

Jean Ann Williams, middle grade

Deborah Hopkinson, picture books

Sybilla Cook, nonfiction and middle grade

Barbara Kerley, nonfiction

Kathy Beckwith, picture books

Andrea Fitcha, picture books and illustrations

Kelly Garrett, young adult