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  • #7450

    Moonwrite
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    Hello–I’ve written a memoir about surviving a challenging family. I wrote it in stories/pieces and would like an honest, but kind reviewer who can help me figure out what would improve the structure, especially identify what’s missing or needed. Ideally, we’d exchange critiques of chunks of our work and have a sense of humor about it, too. I’m open and flexible and willing to negotiate, as well as reliable, honest, and committed to the work. I also write Literary Fiction and am open to reading Lit Fic, CNF, and other genres, but don’t care for horror, lots of violence, ghost stories, or Romance. I look forward to hearing from you!

    #7469

    amber
    Participant

    Hello- are you still looking for a critique group? Are you interested in, or do you have any experience with a children’s chapter book?

    I have written about 95% of my first book, a children’s chapter book for the 7 to 10 year old age range. On the surface, it’s a simple story about a first grade girl who wants a dog more than anything. However, there are also deeper layers to the book, such as gay families, adoption, and how work pressures affect family life. It is important that I maintain a positive, non-violent theme that reflects the characters’ supportive voices (as opposed to books that tend to knock people down figuratively or literally). Though the protagonist is emotionally strong, she is not overly dramatic, but instead is very positive, smart, and fun.

    I’m looking to find a critique group with people who are:
    – available to start right away
    – committed
    – able to offer critiques of several chapters each week
    – easy going and have a sense of humor
    – understand and support the theme and tone of my writing described above

    If this sounds like something you’re interested in, please let me know!

    Thanks,
    Amber

    #7470

    Moonwrite
    Participant

    Hi Amber–A group would be okay, but I’m actually seeking a Writing Partner with whom I can exchange critiques. It’s likely, but not necessarily required, that the other writer be interested in literary fiction and creative non-fiction, such as memoir.

    I don’t know where you live, but I wonder if you’ve checked out https://www.scbwi.org/ They focus on children’s & YA books and have groups, retreats, classes, and conferences, etc. in various cities & regions of the US.

    Regards,

    Lynne

    #7480

    amber
    Participant

    Hi Lynne,

    I am interested in literary fiction and memoirs, and the description of your memoir sounds interesting to me. Plus, your style of using a sense of humor and commitment sounds like exactly what I’m looking for. I know you said you were interested in several different genres, does that also include a children’s chapter book? If not, don’t worry about it, but if you are, then let’s see if this works!

    Also, thanks for the tip about SCBWI. I’ve heard of them before and will check them out again.

    Amber

    #7482

    Moonwrite
    Participant

    Hi Amber–We could try it. While I’d like to think I displayed a sense of humor, I’m not sure where you might have seen that.

    I find it a bit of a hassle going through this site to message–e.g., your msg came to me via email, but I couldn’t reply and the link just connects to the site, then I had to hunt you down. That accounts for the delay in responding.

    How about if we use direct emails? Mine is sbwrtrs@gmail.com

    Regards,

    Lynne

    #7483

    Moonwrite
    Participant

    P.S. Are you connected to Tadpole Press? If not, why was there a link to it? https://www.tadpolepress.com/contact

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