Next Meeting of Critique Group

Wednesdy 23rd May

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 Tuesday 15th May. Entries by attachment to an email to:

We already
have three pieces submitted for this session. Remember that you cannot attend the actual session without a submission, but you can send in a submission for critique, both Country and Full members.


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:

Feb 18 A Critique Meeting.pdf

Critique Group - 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 10.00 - members must be prepared to be on time for the start and to remain until 10.00 if necessary.

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