Writing/Critique Groups Category

I Signed a Book Contract!

Be the first to get release news and book updates! Here’s the story: Several years ago, when I was a still a new mom, my parents paid for me to go to one of the local SCBWI writing retreats. I dropped my husband and daughter off at my sister-in-law’s so she could help with the […]

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Workshop Invitation

A week after I submitted my query, I checked my email. I didn’t have an email from the agent, but I did have one from the event coordinator of my SCBWI chapter. She asked if I would lead a workshop this spring! I am so excited. I have wanted to lead some workshops or classes, […]

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Manuscript Update

So obviously, I’ve gone quite awhile without posting. Lack of Internet access coupled with some domestic adjusting to new jobs and things of that sort are my excuse. But really, I just needed a break from constantly updating this blog. 😀 But hopefully, I’m back, at least semi-regularly. And I have a new deadline! If […]

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Freewriting Together

Last week was one of the most fun freewriting groups I’ve ever had! We laughed so much—well, I did anyway. I also received a great compliment: “I don’t think anything you’ve written wasn’t golden.” So that made my day. 😀 Of course, the response to the next freewrite was a look of horror, but even […]

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Let the Critiques Begin!

So, last Sunday, I attended my FIRST EVER CRITIQUE GROUP!! Dun dun duuuuuuuuuuuh. It went incredibly well. I was all set to watch the clock to make sure everybody got their time in the spotlight, but we didn’t need it. I learned new things about picture books and folktales. I am clueless about picture books, […]

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Preconference

Freak out moment. I am about to go to my first ever writer’s conference! And I have a critique. So, pray for me. I will be back hopefully on Monday with a recap of the event! If not Monday, then sometime next week, I hope! Yay!!

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New Plan

After restarting Book One a half dozen times in the past nine months as well as completely rewriting section one two and a half times, I was beginning to despair. (Sometimes, Anne of Green Gables’ melodramatic description of being “in the depths of despair” seems completely appropriate. . . .) I reinvigorated my urge to […]

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Gladys

At my free writers’ group a couple of weeks ago, only two of us showed up. We still quite enjoyed ourselves. One of our prompts was to look at one of the customers where we meet and then take ten minutes to write what she thought about that morning. I could only see the back […]

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Second Best

I just had, I think, the second best writer moment of my life. One of the ladies at my free writer’s group stayed after for a few minutes to talk with me. She encouraged me to look into publishing something short, like an article or short story, to tide me while I finish (ha ha) […]

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First Writer’s Group

You will be shocked and appalled, I know, but yesterday, I went to my first ever writer’s group. (Shocked because I’ve never been to one before, not because I went.) It’s a small local group and seems to be mainly just for fun. We spent the entire hour and a half responding to free-writing prompts. […]

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