Thursday, March 17, 2016

Westside Writers Picture Book Critique Night: A Recap of the March 2, 2016 Mingle

By Rebecca Light

The Santa Monica library buzzed with picture book writers this month at the Westside Writers Lit Mingle, as we met for a night of manuscript critique.

Picture book writers brought six copies of a manuscript to be read and critiqued by fellow Minglers. We broke up into groups of four to six people with at least three manuscripts to be critiqued at each table.

In our groups, we took turns reading each other’s manuscripts out loud. Using the “sandwich” method, those critiquing shared something they loved about the piece, moved into a few constructive notes, then ended on an observation of something that worked really well. Beginning and ending on positive notes kept the creative energy up and discouragement checked at the door.

Please join us for the April Westside Lit Mingle where we will have our middle grade and young adult critique night. All you MG & YA writers out there get your five page excerpts ready!   

Sunday, March 6, 2016

SCBWI Westside Illustrators (and Writers) Schmingle!

TOPIC: Website Critique... Your Virtual Face                
Did you know most publishers and editors view your website as your calling card? And probably on a smaller 'smart device!'
Send your website with your RSVP and we'll do a group review!!

**** RSVP ASAP!! if you wish to take part in our
****EMAIL with your website address and we will send you other attendee's addresses to review with our set of critique guidelines BEFORE the meeting.
AT the meeting we will view and discuss on a large TV screen.
No website yet ?
Participate in the critique anyway and join us Monday night!

WHEN: Monday Evening, March 21, 2016
                        7:00pm to 9:00pm
WHERE: 445 15th Street, Santa Monica CA 90402  A two story Spanish-style private home.
5 blocks north of Wilshire, btwn Montana & San Vicente.
             FREE residential street parking !
  Enter our drawing for our fabulous DOOR-PRIZE!
      AND every month... Inspire us with your artwork in progress! 
             "Doodle a Day " for inspiration!
  "Dream Big... Start Small! " with baby steps!

Our mission.....
Let's enjoy a fun creative evening together
& move forward in our common pursuit
of making a contribution to the world of
children's illustration and literature!    

RSVP preferred ...
GOODIES? sure :)
See you soon!.... Suzy8-)
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SCBWI Coordinator
Westside Illustrators Schmooze