What we do

The object of reading and critiquing ones writing is that you, the writer, will write better. To further that end, Writers of the Villages asks its members to adhere to these conventions:)

1. Only submit works that are still in progress. Do not submit works that have already been published or works you do not plan to revise. 

2. After you join the Writers of the Villages mail group (see “Join us" - above), you can submit your work (about 1500 words or less) for consideration by the group. The preferred format is MS-Word attachment to Email, 1.5 to double line spacing, numbered lines, Times-Romad 12 pt.

3. In return for comments and suggestions by other members of the group, you are expected to reciprocate by providing thoughtful criticism to other members.  Open Email attachments promptly and carefully read and comment on submissions by other participants.Yoy may reply to the author via email with attachment, or bring your printed comments to the meeting.

4 Attend meetings bringing several copies of your storie for people new to the group, Participate in discussion.

5. When it is time for your story to be considered by the group, ask another member of the group to read it for you. Having your story read by another member will better help you hear it as a reader, rather than as the writer. Do not introduce your manuscript other than to fill in plot details that came earlier in the story. Your story should speak for itself. You want to know how readers perceive your writing rather than how they respond to your comments concerning your writing. Do not defend or explain your writing until after all other members of the group have commented on it. Never argue with a comment from a group member. You may ignore suggestions or comments but remember the reviewer is giving the author a gift of his/her time and judgment. The reviewer deserves your gratitude for the effort involved in reading and critiquing your story.

6. Submitting one’s writing to a group of critiques is an act of courage. When commenting on another’s writing, you should respect the author. Honest comments on aspects of the writing that might be done better are essential if the author is to improve his/her writing from week to week, however, the author also deserves recognition of improvement, acknowledgement of well-written passages, and encouragement to continue on the path toward better writing.

© Millard Johnson 2014 

© Millard Johnson 2017