My face to face group is the fabulous Hells Belles, a group of six writers from the southside of Brisbane. We have a great mix of styles – romance, romantic suspense, fantasy, horror and futuristic. Everyone brings different skills to the table – grammar, story structure, characterisation. We use a timer and everybody reads the same work for 20-25mins and the group gives feedback at the end.
Yes. I wanted to incorporate the feedback from the Belles and then show my work to a fresh set of eyes. The RWA Critique Partner scheme is a great way to match people looking for a critique partner. I initially made contact with two partners, one in Australia and one in the US. I really enjoyed having my US partner, but it didn’t work out, mainly because the timing wasn’t right for her.
I like both. Probably the biggest downside to working online is my ability to miss our deadlines for sending work, whereas with the face to face group, if I don’t produce something for the meeting, I still have to front up empty-handed and face them. Belles is a working group, so turning up repeatedly with no writing isn’t considered acceptable.
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