Critique groups offer an opportunity for small groups to get together and give each other regular feedback on writing, to develop writing skills, and to enhance motivation to write consistently.
If you would like to be in a group, email email@example.com
The critique groups require active participation, and a strict format is followed for maximum results. Meetings take place every other week during the week, and on Saturdays. You must commit to reading two to three pieces of up to 5k words a session. Sessions last 120 minutes and are held in libraries around the Treasure Valley.
Together – we all become better!
Let’s face it, writing can sometimes feel like a chore, and as much as we may love the final results, the initial start can all but stall the best of us. As writers we all know that writing requires daily devotion. Like a child, it needs lots of care and attention. Even if it is just a few paragraphs or a couple of sentences that are recklessly erased or inked out later, a writer should devote a block of time each day for this purpose. If you are looking for inspiration, check out http://www.creativewritingprompts.com/ Each day this website lists a different prompt and will help encourage that healthy writing habit.
Brighten up! Rejection is a necessary evil in the writing industry, a rite of passage of sorts, and those who persist not only gain to improve their craft but may find out something even greater than an acceptance letter. They may discover insights into their own soul. Joy Harjo, the Native American poet, says:
You can use rejection to put you in a funk and stop you from writing, or you can crumple it up and use it to build your fire in the evening when you write.
Enjoy the warmth!
Tip of the Day from www.WritersDigest.com
Beware: Run-On Sentences! Source: Elements of Effective Writing II: Form and Composition Workshop
Run-on sentences are independent clauses that have not been joined correctly. If two independent clauses appear in one sentence, they must be joined either with a comma and coordinating conjunction or with a semicolon (and on rare occasions with a colon or dash). Continue reading
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If you haven’t read this article before, take a moment to check it out. Tips from authors Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James, and AL Kennedy. http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/feb/20/ten-rules-for-writing-fiction-part-one
We want to hear from you! The Idaho Writers Guild welcomes your ideas. What sort of events would you like to see the Guild sponsor? Do you have questions on writing or publishing that you would like to have answered by Guild members and/or Board members? Let us know at IdahoWritersGuild@yahoo.com.
And if you haven’t already submitted your work for consideration for the Guild Blog, time is running out! This is your chance to WOW! your literary community in 500 words or less. Winning entries will be posted weekly in August. See below for details. In the meantime, keep writing!