Merry Christmas everyone! Last night was our final meeting of the year. We had eleven people attending and five submissions to critique. There was a bountiful supply of mince pies, mulled wine, orange juice, carrot cake and some rather spicy home-made tuna snacks. We also had a surprise visit from the MadLab Mouse. High drama! We completed the critiques on four submissions so Ian’s piece will carry over to the next Tuesday meeting in January.
Before I get started with the critiques I just want to repeat the announcement made on Facebook yesterday that we have just donated £90 to MadLab. These are your donations from throughout the last year, so well done to everyone who was able to give money in these financially challenging times. And please don’t worry if you weren’t able to donate. You can always help MadLab by boosting the signal for their revenue earning courses during the coming year with a share here or tweet there:
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This month we were back to our usual venue at MadLab. A slightly quieter meeting than usual with just five members attending, discussing three pieces of writing. I’d like to welcome our latest new member Damien who gave some great feedback — we’re certainly looking forward to reading your writing at future meetings.
With just three pieces of writing to discuss, the critiques were rather more leisurely than usual with a greater level of detail and we even managed to finish a little early. Just bear in mind that it’s unlikely we’ll have as much leeway at future meetings so our critiques will probably need to be shorter for next month.
I often struggle to summarise my critiques, as you all know! I jot down my critique points at the end of each piece so I’m able to read them out during the meeting without any delay or repetition. I certainly avoid talking about spelling or grammatical mistakes — though I do identify these ‘in-line’ in a paper copy that I hand over to the author — but I’m still often faced with a dozen or more critique points, too many to be able to raise in one meeting. I try to pick out just 3 or 4 main points that I think were most important. If there’s a couple more that I don’t get around to raising, that’s fine, they’re noted down in the copy that I hand over to the author so he or she will still receive my feedback.