Word Weavers International Writers Critique Group

The last Sunday of every month at The Bethany Center

Starting Sunday, October 29, 2017

In March 1997, five members of Northland Church in Longwood, Florida gathered around a dining room table, eager to encourage one another in the art of writing. Since then, this group has grown from those five members to more than six hundred members in 43 chapters across the United States and Canada. Using the successful “cold sandwich method” of critique Word Weaver members sharpen their skills, find their way to publication in a variety of genres and venues, and win awards of excellence. Dedicated to helping writers learn the craft and sharpen their skills, this organization is one of the most well-respected writers critique groups in the country today.

The Bethany Center is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the first chapter to be formed in Texas, under the initial leadership of best-selling author Allison Bottke. The new Collin County Chapter of Word Weavers International will meet the last Sunday of every month at our lovely facility in McKinney beginning with our introduction launch on Sunday, October 29, 2017. Please join us at the complimentary launch to find out more about this dynamic group. Group membership is open to anyone over 18 with a desire to write—published or not—and Registration to our launch meeting is free. In the event you wish to become an official member of our monthly writer’s critique group you will be required to pay an annual fee of $45 to Word Weavers International and monthly donations in any amount will be accepted at each meeting.

How the group works: Word Weavers meetings begin with prayer and a time of networking. Members share publishing accomplishments, writing news, and information about local writing events and conferences. The core focus of the meeting, however, is on critiques, which are limited to 1,500 words per member per meeting.

During critiques, we break up in small groups of six wherein peer writers read manuscripts aloud while others follow printed copies. After the piece is read, group members—some of whom are published authors—offer feedback on everything from plotting and character development to syntax and punctuation. Aside from a short introduction of the piece, the writer receiving critique is not permitted to speak.

“This tiny measure teaches writers to listen to an editor or agent rather than to defend their work,” says Eva Marie Everson, a multiple-published, best-selling author and the president of Word Weavers International. “Editors and agents tell me they know a Word Weavers member when they meet one—they are the ones who listen.”

Visit Word-weavers.com to read more about the organization and be sure to watch the short video clip on the bottom right side of the Home Page to see how the “Sandwich Critique Method” works.

We’re excited to see what is around the bend for our local writers. We’d love you to be a part of the story. To attend our complimentary Word Weavers International Launch Meeting, click on the Registration button below and join us on Sunday, October 29 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM at The Bethany Center, located at 2600 Eldorado Parkway, Suite 210 in McKinney, Texas, 75070.

To be held the last Sunday every month beginning in October. *

*No meeting in December 2017.

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