Category Archives: critique groups

“A Method for the Madness” & Silent Auction Announcement, by Virginia Law Manning, EPA Critique Group Organizer

I’ve read it takes the average author 10 years to get their first book published. TEN years. But, one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t rush it. You have to do your homework. While there are no short cuts, … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution (and Manuscript Critique Giveaway!) by Virginia Law Manning

Happy New Year, my fellow creators! Ahhh… 2017! A fresh start! There’s no time like the present to take on some new writing and/or illustrating goals! If you’re not already in a critique group, why not join one now? All … Continue reading

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Critiquing Voice, By Virginia Law Manning

Editors and agents often say the number one thing they are looking for when reading manuscripts is a distinct and fresh voice. But, what is voice? In her book VOICE LESSONS, Nancy Dean describes voice as the “fingerprint of a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Eastern PA SCBWI Member Opportunities and Events!

Happy Summer! We’ve got some amazing events for all our members. Be sure to read through because you don’t want to miss one thing. Not a one! SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 4:00-6:00 pm  Eastern PA SCBWI member Diane Guscott is starting a new … Continue reading

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Jason Kirschner Is “Drawn to Picture Books” – Interview & Book Giveaway, by Virginia Law Manning

This month, I thought I’d acquaint you with a critique group I admire. The six founding members: Mike Ciccotello, Deborah Cuneo, Diana Ting Delosh, Barbara DiLorenzo, Patricia Keeler and Jason Kirschner, are all brilliant author/illustrators well on their way to … Continue reading

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WOWZA! You’ve asked and we’ve delivered. Well, our amazing, dedicated, and incredibly awesome members have delivered. Here’s some upcoming fantastic & fabulously fun Eastern PA SCBWI events. MONDAY, MAY 23rd, 9:15-10:45 AM  Eastern PA SCBWI member Anita Nolan and Virginia … Continue reading

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Digging Deeper – Identifying the Core Emotion, by Virginia Law Manning

  Last month my blog post gave the basics of becoming a good critique partner. Now let’s dig deeper by, Identifying the Core Emotion The core emotion, or core motivator, of a story is its heart. It’s the ‘why.’ The … Continue reading

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The ABCs and 123s of Critique Groups, by Virginia Law Manning

I’m a big believer in critique groups. I’m in four—two for illustration and two for writing. What I’ve learned is how important it is to be in a group with people who work hard. Not just at their own writing, … Continue reading

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Introducing our new Critique Group Coordinator Virginia Law Manning by Kim Briggs

I’d like to introduce you to the newest member of the Eastern PA SCBWI Chapter Board–Virginia Law Manning. Virginia will serve as our Critique Group Coordinator!! I met Virginia at the NY SCBWI a few years back. Upon shaking her … Continue reading

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The Value of Critique Groups, by Mark Magro

Writing is not a team sport. Really, if I had to give an analogy, I would say writing is like starting an epic solo hike. You pack your gear and tools, all ready to go, with dreams of how wonderful … Continue reading

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