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    Writers Critique Workshops Forming in Ojai and Thousand Oaks

    Were you the kid who checked out as many books from the library as you could carry and stayed up late, reading them in bed with a flashlight? Do you now have your own story to tell, words tumbling and rumbling in your head, eager to be penned on a page?

    Maybe you need a little encouragement, support, or a writing critique group to help you on your path to publication. Two Ojai writing groups, Ojai Scribes, a local writing critique group, and the Small Publishers, Artists & Writers Network(SPAWN), a national online literary nonprofit, are hosting a get-together for area writers. The purpose of the meeting is to form groups to help with their writing projects. The meeting will be at 7 pm on Monday, February 24, at the Ojai Art Center.

    “Our writer’s group, the Ojai Scribes,” said Pat Hartmann, “has been the gift that has helped inspire and transform our scribbles into powerful prose and poetry over the past seventeen years. We’ve published books and helped each other celebrate the release of the book. We want the same for you. That’s why we’re sponsoring this special writer’s workshop night to share what we’ve learned about writing groups and create an opportunity for authors of all genres to connect and sign up to form new writer’s groups.”

    “During this meeting,” said Kathleen Kaiser, President of SPAWN, “we will go over how to organize a critique group, general guidelines for success, helpful reference books, and a demonstration of how a critique goes. Then everyone can sign up for a group working on fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and children’s manuscripts.

    “When I thought I had finished my first novel, joining a critique really opened my eyes to small but important details that I had missed. By working with the group, my book became a much better final product. I believe in the power of a productive, instructive writers group.”

    Each group that forms will determine meeting times, location, and frequency. For the best results, the group needs to find the best way to work with each other. Over time, the group will gel. And these are all free workshops numbering from four to six writers, so each person receives equal time spent on their manuscripts.

    “This might be the important step you’ve needed to awaken and embolden the latent writer within,” adds Hartmann.

    After the presentation by Ojai Scribe members in Ojai and Ms. Kaiser in Thousand Oaks, everyone is encouraged to sign up and meet other writers. Each writer in attendance will have a name badge with their genre so they can find like-minded writers. There will be tasty-treats and wine for all in presence. There is a $5 fee to attend that covers the cost of the evening.

    Photo Caption: The Ojai Scribes: Front row from left to right:  Patricia Hartmann, Ann L Boydston, Patric Peake.  Top row –  left to right: Dena Horton, LaNette Donoghue

    Meeting information

    Forming Writer Critique Groups

    Ojai Meeting

    February 22, 2020 – 7 to 8:30 pm

    Ojai Art Center

    113 S. Montgomery St, Ojai

    The fee is $5 at the door. Lite tasty treats and wine available following the presentation.

    Forming Writer Critique Groups

    Thousand Oaks Meeting

    March 24, 2020 – 7 to 8:30 pm

    Goebel Senior Adult Center

    1385 E Janss Rd

    Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

    The fee is $5 at the door. Lite tasty treats and wine available following the presentation.


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