Weekend with Your Novel: Critiques

"A workshop like this makes the writing life real. From the instructors to the other writers, the group shared their stories and often received on-the-spot remedies for problems. My critique group was a gift. Laurie was wonderful in guiding us through a thoughtful and rich discussion of strengths in our opening pages. We all left ready to finish our drafts with renewed energy."

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Critique Group Workshops

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Manuscript Critique Workshops provide a personal critique experience for a small number of writers who seek honest and supportive feedback and an opportunity to develop critical reading and critiquing skills. Each Critique Group Workshop is facilitated by one of our experienced writing instructors and is limited to 6 participants. This year’s group leaders: Bridget Birdsall, Marshall Cook, Christine DeSmet, Ian Graham Leask, Heather Luby, Angela Rydell, Ron Kuka, and Tim Storm.

Select a workshop, register, and submit 10 pages of your manuscript by October 15. Each participant will receive up to 5 manuscripts to read and critique. At the scheduled Manuscript Critique Workshop at Weekend With Your Novel, the workshop leader and the other participants discuss each manuscript using the traditional workshop method. Writers receive comments, constructive criticism, and suggestions for revision, as well as written critiques from the workshop leader and the other participants. Writers not only receive valuable feedback on their writing from a group of serious readers and writers, but also develop critical reading skills, critiquing skills, and etiquette for use in critique groups of their own.

The Manuscript Critique Workshops are limited to 6 writers per group.

Critique manuscript guidelines

  • double-spaced
  • 1-inch margins, aligned left, unjustified
  • 12-point Times New Roman or similar typeface
  • title and author’s name on first page
  • last name and page number in header on subsequent pages
  • electronic file name: author’s last name + “[last name of group leader]_critique group”: e.g., “Smith_Chambers critique group.”

Include a brief synopsis (up to 250 words single spaced) on a separate page with the manuscript; if the excerpt is not the first ten pages, indicate where in the novel it occurs. Click here for 5 steps to writing a synopsis» Email your manuscript as an attachment (MS Word, RTF, or PDF) to Laura Kahl, laura.kahl@wisc.edu, by October 15 with the subject line “Novel Critique: [leader’s last name]”.

WWYN Critique Groups (cap. 6): 2018

Friday, Nov 9, 1:30-4:30pm

  • Marshall Cook
  • Heather Luby
  • Angela Rydell

Sunday, Nov 11, 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Bridget Birdsall
  • Ron Kuka
  • Ian Graham Leask
  • Tim Storm