September 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm #7450
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!October 16, 2017 at 11:30 am #7469
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
– 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!
AmberOctober 16, 2017 at 12:06 pm #7470
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.
LynneOctober 17, 2017 at 10:52 am #7480
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.
AmberOctober 19, 2017 at 10:53 am #7482
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
LynneOctober 19, 2017 at 10:54 am #7483
P.S. Are you connected to Tadpole Press? If not, why was there a link to it? https://www.tadpolepress.com/contactApril 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm #7820
If any family is challenging it is mine. I am a terrific editor and writing English language teacher. If you are still looking, let me know. I am looking for someone to critique my short stories and a book. Because what I write is near and dear, it is hard to be objective as far as the reader’s interest may be concerned. My short stores are based on memories but come with a hopeful inspirational message to the reader, sort of “Do this and not that.” My book is a human interest success story revolving around my son I adopted in Thailand. By the time he was four, I was convinced he was intellectually slow. Boy, was I wrong! There is a little in it about his color being raised primarily in an American society.
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