Singing the Praises of My Critique Group
I've belonged to the same critique group since 1982. Oh, the members have changed over the years, but the value continues on.
Even though I'd been writing long before I joined this group, and had even been published, I truly learned how to write from the critiques and suggestions I received. And now, my writing is refined by my fellow critique members.
At this time, the active members consist of the following people:
Shirley Hickman, who started the group many, many years ago. She opens her home to us every Wednesday evening where we read our chapters, hear what the others have to say, and enjoy one another's company. She mulit-published poetry, articles, contemporary fiction, romance, and three wonderful memoirs about her growing up years. She was an honors English teacher too, so we can be sure any grammar mistakes will be pointed out. (She's a great editor.)
Brent Gill writes great articles about living on a ranch, sometimes humorous, sometimes heart-wrenching, but always enjoyable. He's helped me a lot with both fire and law enforcement scenes, as well as the male point of view.
Jann McGuire is a marvelous poet. Her published book is about her own battle with cancer--but much, much more. She is also writing a memoir. She has a gift for being able to rearrange a sentence in the best possible way.
Ela Pandya is a fairly new member of our group, also writing a memoir. She has become an excellent critiquer and I value her suggestions.
Dr. Rao has had many of his short stories published. He writes wonderful stories about growing up in India, as well as some contemporary tales. He is good at catching mistakes. Plus, he's given me some unusual ways to kill someone that I've used in my mysteries.
I thoroughly enjoy these people and I'm honored to call them my friends.
Here we are at our annual Christmas dinner. We are missing Jann, and except for one, our spouses joined us.
Left front and going back:
Brent Gill, Dr. Pandya with his wife Ela, Joe Hickman
Right side of table from back to front:
Hap Meredith (my hubby), me, Shirley Hickman, Sharon Gill, and Dr. Rao.