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Beware the Writing Group That Steers You Wrong!

Anyone who’s spent serious time in a writing group or workshop knows that not all members’ opinions are equal.

Everyone has different tastes, biases, and motives. You may occasionally find the class or group split right down the middle on a particular phrase, character, line, or plot point– half of them pleading with you to take it out, half of them claiming it’s essential to your work!

So how do you listen to the good suggestions and sift out the bad? — Check out Kristen Lamb’s article “Can Critique Groups Do More Harm Than Good?”

 

Chris Robley

About Chris Robley

Chris Robley has written 507 posts in this blog.

splits his time between the Portlands Oregon and Maine. Generally, he plays music on the West Coast and writes poems on the East — though sometimes that gets mixed up. His music has been praised by NPR, the LA Times, the Boston Globe, and others. Skyscraper Magazine said he is “one of the best short-story musicians to come along in quite some time.” Robley’s poetry has been published or is forthcoming in POETRY, Prairie Schooner, Beloit Poetry Journal, RHINO, Magma Poetry, Pacifica Literary Review, Arsenic Lobster, and more. He is the 2013 winner of Boulevard's Contest for Emerging Poets.

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