Monday, May 3, 2010

Writer's Critique Group: Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN Edition

"A writer is a person who cares what words mean, what they say, how they say it. Writers know words are their way towards truth and freedom, and so they use them with care, with thought, with fear, with delight. By using words well they strengthen their souls. Story-tellers and poets spend their lives learning that skill and art of using words well. And their words make the souls of their readers stronger, brighter, deeper."
— Ursula K. Le Guin

I realized recently that I needed a writer's critique group. In college, my writing wasn't something that I could really share in classes. The writing I felt most passionate about was in the fantasy genre. Since I have been involved with CoreCon for the past two years, I realized that I should be able to find enough people to form a local group that focused on the fantasy genre, as well as science fiction, horror, and paranormal. Having a focused group such as this would help since we would be more familiar with those genres for editing, as well as the markets.

I created an application form for the Stone Circle Writer's group to help bring writers of these genres together in the Fargo,ND- Moorhead, MN community. Right now, we have enough interested people to start and to get it off the ground. Our goal is practice the craft, but also to turn out publishable material. As we get to know each other and hopefully grow, the roles of the group are flexible to change. I will be arranging a meet and greet sometime in the next month or so since I will be gone May 21-31 for our vacation in Orlando.


An update on my writing:

I need to do some major rewrites and editing over the next few weeks. I finished the first read-through edit of KIN, and am now planning the rewrite. It is going to be restructured quite a bit, but I am thrilled about it the process. I also have Beyond the Garden to rewrite so I can start the next book in that series. I might attempt outlining the next two books, but I am horrible at keeping to them! So, we shall see what happens there.

I do have some horror short stories that I wrote in collaboration with my husband. We need to revisit them, too. They have been fun to write since they cross into the fantasy and science fiction genres, as well (I am more fantasy, he is more science fiction minded).

So, as you probably notice, a writer's critique group would be a great place for me! I have found a great critique partner from Canada and learned so much from her. That is one of the reasons why I am reaching out in my community-- there must be others like me! Online is a great community, too, but CoreCon really got me thinking about the place that I live and what I can do to make it better. This, I believe, is one of those times to create something to achieve that goal for myself and others.

The Art of Revising a Novel
Stone Circle Writer's Group (Note: Please fill out application before joining)


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