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Virtual Critique Classes for All Writers

Novel Writing Group with Lisa Lickel 

Every other Wednesday Morning from 10am to Noon, CST

    • January 10th & 24th
    • February 7th & 21st
    • March 6th & 20th

    Registration is FULL as of November 29.

    Lisa Lickel, author, book coach, and manager of WWA Press, is leading a six-session series for novel writers who have a manuscript in progress and have some experience working with others in critique groups. Besides questions that naturally come up during our sessions, Lisa will also focus on aspects that are genre and craft specific as they arise. Lisa will provide critiques of the work and facilitate discussions.

    From Lisa:

    "By working together, writers have the opportunity to gather the insights of their peers and learn to distill advice and opinions in a small group environment. Sharing feedback is a great way for us to learn and grow in our craft, to ask those questions that might feel awkward elsewhere, and to support and encourage each other. WWA wants to be part of your journey to success."

    The way it works: Participants will email their pages to the other group members a week prior to the session so that each participant may review and prepare critiques for their fellow writers and be ready to discuss on meeting day. During the session each writer will read from their submission and hear constructive advice from peers and facilitator Lisa Lickel. Specific guidelines and any applicable handouts will be shared prior to sessions.

    Member Fee: $150 for all six sessions! Space is limited to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 participants. If the sessions are not full by January 3rd, registration will open to nonmembers and the fee will be $200.


    Poetry with Marilyn L. Taylor 

    Tuesday Mornings from 10:00am to 12pm Central

    • January 9th & 23rd
    • February 6th & 20th
    • March 5th & 19th

    Registration is FULL as of November 18.

    During the 90-minute Zoom sessions, facilitator Marilyn Taylor will focus on Voice as it relates to poetry. You’ll receive feedback regarding your work from colleagues and a complete critique from instructor Marilyn L. Taylor. This is a safe and supportive space that provides insight and encouragement from like-minded writers. There will be a limit of 8 participants to the group so that everyone receives time and feedback every session. The group is designed for all levels of poetry writers.

    From Marilyn:

    In this new series, the emphasis will be on the elusive but essential matter of voice—a component of poetry that’s often overlooked—but is frequently crucial to the making-or-breaking of a poem.  Every week you will get a poetry writing assignment, due a day or two prior to the following session.  These assignments are not expected to be finished products, by any means—on the contrary, you will consider them drafts that you’re willing to workshop. Although this course is very short, it is dedicated to getting a solid handle on some strategies for using voice as a versatile, engaging instrument.  After our six weeks together, you will likely be considerably better equipped to integrate this skill into your new poems. 

    The way it works: Zoom links will be sent to writers prior to each session. Participants will share their work electronically. Participants should be familiar with Zoom and willing to read their work aloud during the session. Formatting requirements and critique guidelines will be provided by Ms. Taylor. Please Note: WWA Highly recommends that participants have a computer and reliable access to the internet. It is nearly impossible to participate in the sessions using only a smart phone. Having a rudimentary understanding of Word and Zoom are also recommended.

    Member Fee: $150 for all six sessions! Space is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 8 participants. If the sessions are not full by January 3rd , registration will open to nonmembers and the fee will be $200. 



    Strictly Fiction with Laurie Scheer 

    Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Central

    • January 11th & 25th
    • February 8th & 22nd
    • March 7th & 21st

    Registration opened November 1. Click HERE to signup

    During the two hour Zoom sessions you’ll receive feedback regarding your work from colleagues and a complete critique from instructor Laurie Scheer. This is a safe and supportive space that provides insight and encouragement from like-minded writers. There will be a limit of 8 participants to the group so that everyone receives time and feedback every session. The group is designed for all levels of literary and genre fiction writers. Laurie welcomes ANY fiction (except erotica) from novelists, short story writers, and flash fiction writers.

    From Laurie:

    "WWA’s Critique Groups offer an opportunity for writers to not only receive feedback regarding their work, but also provide insights and feedback for other writers within the group. Writers receive 10-15 minutes within each session to listen and ask questions regarding their material. Previous to the session, writers have provided page-by-page comments regarding their work via a Google Docs folder. 

    As a result of the feedback received, both written and verbal, topics emerge within the sessions that often affect all writers. Instructor Scheer provides professional feedback along with prepared, and sometimes immediate information, concerning topics covered within the group’s sessions.  Questions are welcomed throughout the week leading up to the session, and during the week following each session. This is a safe space where all writers are welcome. Writers have shared that their writing has improved as of the feedback and discussion that evolves within the group’s dynamics.

    Together, these Critique Groups provide a workshop space that improves writers’ writing overall."

    The way it works: Zoom links will be sent to writers per session and documents will be shared via Google Docs. Participants should be familiar with Zoom and Google Docs, but assistance is available if needed. Please Note: WWA Highly recommends that participants have a computer and reliable access to the internet. It is nearly impossible to participate in the sessions using only a smart phone.

    Member Fee: $150 for all six sessions! Space is limited to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. If the sessions are not full by January 3rd, registration will open to nonmembers and the fee will be $200.



    Fiction and Non-Fiction with Laurie Scheer

    Wednesday evenings from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, CST 

    • January 10th & 24th
    • February 7th & 21st
    • March 6th & 20th

    Registration opened November 1. Click HERE to signup

    During the two hour Zoom sessions you’ll receive feedback regarding your work from colleagues and a complete critique from instructor Laurie Scheer. This is a safe and supportive space that provides insight and encouragement from like-minded writers. There will be a limit of 8 participants to the group so that everyone receives time and feedback every session. The group is designed for all levels of fiction, non-fiction, and memoir writers in either short or long form.

    From Laurie:

    "WWA’s Critique Groups offer an opportunity for writers to not only receive feedback regarding their work, but also provide insights and feedback for other writers within the group. Writers receive 10-15 minutes within each session to listen and ask questions regarding their material. Previous to the session, writers have provided page-by-page comments regarding their work via a Google Docs folder. 

    As a result of the feedback received, both written and verbal, topics emerge within the sessions that often affect all writers. Instructor Scheer provides professional feedback along with prepared, and sometimes immediate information, concerning topics covered within the group’s sessions. 

    Questions are welcomed throughout the week leading up to the session, and during the week following each session. This is a safe space where all writers are welcome. Writers have shared that their writing has improved as of the feedback and discussion that evolves within the group’s dynamics.

    Together, these Critique Groups provide a workshop space that improves writers’ writing overall." 

    The way it works: Zoom links will be sent to writers per session and documents will be shared via Google Docs. Participants should be familiar with Zoom and Google Docs, but assistance is available if needed. Please Note: WWA Highly recommends that participants have a computer and reliable access to the internet. It is nearly impossible to participate in the sessions using only a smart phone.

    Member Fee: $150 for all six sessions! Space is limited to a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 participants. If the sessions are not full by January 3rd, registration will open to nonmembers and the fee will be $200.


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