What: Writers group offering editorial critiques
Who: Open to the public, no registration required
Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month
Location: Biggby Coffee (corner of Chicago Drive and 120th Avenue)
Cost: $5/night (coffee is not included)
Reading Opportunity: you will be offered the opportunity to read at least every other visit

Coffee and Critique is a new writers group sponsored by MiFiWriters starting in August of 2018. It is open to the public, and, we will have at least two of our editors on hand for every session to offer critiques of your work.

As writers, we sometimes get too close to our own work to see the ways we can make it better. That is, in fact, the whole idea behind editors: to be that objective, critical eye helping us identify the weaknesses in what we’ve written. Writers groups offer a measure of this, with many new readers giving feedback on our stories. What’s more, writers groups offer the opportunity for us to hone our own critical eye because, let’s face it, sometimes it’s easier to identify a problem in someone else’s story (with the benefit of emotional distance) than it is to identify a problem in our own.

Our Coffee and Critiques group will offer all these things — the reading, the critiquing by other authors, the opportunity for you to critique other authors — but it will also offer the feedback of at least two of our editors who will also be on hand. So come out, share your writing, and work on your craft!

GUIDELINES

  • Attendance is $5/night
  • You are guaranteed to read at least every other session
  • Reading will involve 15 minutes of you (or someone else of your choice) reading a selection of your writing (up to about 2,500 words), followed by 15 minutes of critique discussion led by the MiFiWriters editors
  • Author involvement in the discussion will be limited to: reading, asking questions, and answering direct questions (this is to focus the author on what is most important: listening and absorbing the feedback of readers).
  • Bring multiple printed copies of your selection any night you will read