So, what have I been up to this weekend you ask. Well I’ll tell you. I attended the Brisbane Writers’ Festival with my Critique group “Vision Writers”. What were we doing there? We held a free open session for anyone interested in finding out what actually goes on at a writers’ group critique session.
This session involved four of our usual members submitting short stories for critique prior to the event. Other members of the group (including myself) then read and critiqued the submissions, making notes for feedback, just as we would for one of our normal monthly meetings. We then set up in one of the auditoriums at the State Library down at South Bank, in Brisbane City, and each took turns to provide the written feedback to the members that made submissions.
Once we had all provided our feedback, the individual writers got to give their right of reply. This is where they answer some of the questions raised during the critiques, respond to any comments they may not agree with, tell us what they were trying to achieve, why they have written the story the way they have and give us a greater understanding of what is driving the story, the world behind the characters, or the like.
The session was a great success, we had around thirty people show up to experience what goes on at one of our group critique sessions (which filled most of the small auditorium), with plenty of interest at the end of the event from writers keen for more information.
When the session wrapped up, and in true Vision fashion, it was off to a local establishment for something to eat and a chat among friends. In this case it happened to be the Ship Inn for an after event dinner, but usually we would hit up one of the local cafes for coffee and lunch.
So there you have it, a day in the life of a writer.
I would like to thank all those who attended the session, both the participants and to spectators, together we made it happen and with a bit of luck, we’ll see some of you at our next critique session in October.