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36 Critiques in 7 hours

The Writers Retreat was good (read: my moment in the crucible was mercifully brief and largely painless). Beth Meacham said kind things about several people's manucripts, including mine, which left me feeling more confident about the rewrite.

Mostly, it was great to see people passionate and serious about fiction. The level of the critiques from both writers and editors was high: the praise was earned, the suggestions constructive.

The only downside was that it was soooooo damn long. At the end, I was ready for a break. If I attend another one of these, I'll want assurances that I don't hear more than 12 manuscripts critiqued in one day, or split by genres (chick lit and romance in one track, fantasy and SF in another).

Was very amused to learn that fellow Alliterate dthon was in my critique pod.

More details tomorrow.

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peartreealley
Nov. 13th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
You had a great piece. Most of my comments stem from that I unapologetically enjoy fast and "fluffy" reads.

But I was so excited when I got yours in my group. And so excited when I found out Scott was in the group, too :D
writersweekend
Nov. 13th, 2005 07:13 pm (UTC)
Rest assured, good sir...we shall never do this the same way again.
the_monkey_king
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:25 pm (UTC)
Live and learn. I enjoyed it, and I'm happy to hear the next one will be even better.
scarlettina
Nov. 13th, 2005 07:54 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear that constructive work occurred at the retreat. I had no idea that dthon was part of the Alliterates. Yay for him and yay for you all!
the_monkey_king
Nov. 13th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
A very recent addition to the ranks. We lost three members in a year when they moved out of state, so we looked around a bit for people who were workshop-deprived.
flippin_jay
Nov. 14th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
Beth Meacham
I've never heard of "Beth Meacham", but I followed the link to her website. I bring this up only because of a smidge of synchronicity: she went to Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. I used to go up to Yellow Springs when I lived in Dayton because the town (and I do mean "town") had only one of two theaters in the area showing art house and foreign films. Yellow Springs is nothing like the rest of the area, lots of the free-spirit type you only find in the Midwest near college campuses and communes. The college had the best radio station, WYSO, playing world and alternative music, the kind most big stations avoid. The town had a wonderful comic and sci-fi book store. I can't remember the name.
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