Everyone has a story. No one else can tell your story. The process of creating, refining and ultimately releasing it into the wild that is publication in the world needs to be a respectful one. No Red Pen - Writers, Writing Groups & Critique is not an overview of writing groups - it is a manifesto for a different paradigm for workshopping and critiquing.
No Red Pen - Writers, Writing Groups & Critique is intended for those writers looking for information on what to consider when forming or joining a writers' group and for writers seeking tools for critiquing work in progress. This is not a how-to book for writers' groups. There is no discussion of specific craft techniques. There are other books in the market that discuss finer points of writers group administration and many that deal with craft. This book is intended to help the reader make informed choices in the marketplace of writing group workshops and provide useful skills for critique consumers. The act of entrusting one's written work and exposing that product of imagination, heart, and soul to the criticism of others is a risky and brave action by the writer and a privilege for the reader. No Red Pen - Writers, Writing Groups & Critique provides a toolbox for conducting a writers' workshop and recommendations for critique that fundamentally respects the writer and the work.
What others are saying about No Red Pen -
It's good to be reminded that "the basics" about how to be in or lead a writing group really do exist AND they can be clearly transmitted. In NO RED PEN, a clear thinker and an incredibly organized writer takes us through all the steps. Every teacher of writing from high school through graduate school should have a copy of Vicki Hudson's very fine handbook. I found a gem in every chapter.
"Allowing others to read and critique your work is not something a writer
should take lightly. This smart book will help you avoid potential pitfalls
and ensure that you understand the process. It is a valuable tool for
- Stephanie Chandler, author of several books including "The Author's Guide
to Building an Online Platform," www.StephanieChandler.com
"A good critique group should help you grow, not make you cower. Hudson has written a comprehensive guide to forming and maintaining a cower-free, supportive, honest, and enriching one. A must-read for anyone looking to start a fabulous writing group (or wanting to fix a broken one)!"
- Tanya Egan Gibson, author How to Buy a Love of Reading, www.tanyaegangibson.com
"Learning to give and to get a critique is an essential part of honing a writer’s work. In this short, easy-to-digest book, Vicki Hudson offers invaluable, step-by-step advice on how critique partners can respectfully offer feedback so the writer actually can hear it and put it to use. This book should be required reading for every critique group!"
- Nina Amir, author of How to Blog a Book, www.copywrightcommunications.com
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Print version on Amazon in March. Limited copies available by direct request to me available now. If you'd like to review a copy, I'll send you one.