An interview by Tineke Bryson One of the most exciting aspects of the Summer Workshop is also—for some!—the most intimidating: critique groups. For that reason, I decided to ask the two members of our team—Rachel Garner and Gabrielle Schwabauer—who organize the critique groups to share their perspectives!
Daniel Schwabauer As I teach in The One Year Adventure Novel, you don't convince readers of a theme by placing it behind protective glass.
Daniel Schwabauer: Readers are not the only ones responsible for a great critique session. While it is certainly easier to be on the receiving end, the writer has a part to play as well. Here are four rules to observe when your manuscript goes under the microscope.
Daniel Schwabauer You must commit to being both honest and specific. Everyone in the group should understand this up front. You will be kind, but you will also tell the truth. A critique session is no place for white lies, however small.
Daniel Schwabauer Why join—or start—a critique group? Critiquing is critical to the development of any writer. The problem, for many writers, is not unwillingness to critique, but lack of opportunity. Good critique groups can be hard to find. So how are you supposed to do all this critiquing without a group?