Next Meeting of Critique Group

Thursday 16 August
DEADLINE for submissions: Passed

We will be looking at the crafting of short stories, or extracts, including non-fiction. The item should be 1,500 words +- 50. For the guidelines so far established read column alongside. Deadline for submissions is Passed
Entries by attachment to an email to:


Meanwhile members may still wish to look at the following two classic short stories.

The Short Happy Life of Frances Macomber (Hemingway)


Three Fat Women of Antibes (Maughm)

A pdf for Macomber is:

A link for Antibes is (you have an entire book to scroll through but the quality is WYSIWYG:

And here is a treat. On this link where the old man himself reads the story, click on the picture. The first few minutes is music and a listing of his work. You can move the scroll bar to skip. Double clicking on the picture should enlarge it so that you can read the story as you listen:

Critique Group - Report on August Meeting 
Six members critique 7 pieces, a very interesting meeting and discussion. The two members who submitted but were not at the meeting will receive a written critique in next few days (Written 17th August)

Critique Group - Report on JUNE Meeting Critique Group
Four members critique 7 pieces, a very interesting meeting and discussion.

- Report on April Meeting
There was a meeting of those sending in a piece for critique. Five members attended and critiqued 8 pieces. Those not attending have received a page of critique. This was an enjoyable session with some useful ideas exchanged.

Critique Group - Report on 1st Meeting and Guidelines for Entry

(Full pdf of entries for this meeting are above as a download. Click or Double Click on blue button above.)

Nine pieces were sent in including three from Country Members. Five members formed the critique group. Their pieces were looked over first - about 15 minutes per piece. Those members got immediate feedback. The remaining four submissions received a Critique the following day, all have been well received.

All present felt this was a major step forward for Croydon Writers and it was suggested that the ad hoc group meets more frequently so we are trying for once a month. Members wishing to attend the ad hoc group MUST have submitted a piece. ALL other members both FULL and COUNTRY may submit pieces for remote critique in the form of a WORD document submitted by a deadline and according to that meeting's criteria. Members sending in pieces but not attending will get a feedback by email. Those attending will receive critique there and then. In addition all 'electronic'  members will receive a copy of all the entries on line and may submit their views via email to be added to the meeting's deliberations. Members meet 19.15 for 19.30; meeting will end by 22.00 - members must be prepared to be on time for the start and to remain until 22.00 if necessary.

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