Category Archives: critique groups

A Critique Group Update & Something New! by Heather Stigall

As I approach my one-year anniversary as EPA’s Critique Group Coordinator, I want to take this time to congratulate our members. I have met many of you at local events, and we have connected through e-mail and social media. We … Continue reading

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The WHATs of Critique Groups, by Heather Pierce Stigall

I started with the WHYs, then the HOWs, followed by the WHO/WHERE/WHENs of Critique Groups. If you’re wondering WHAT things to consider when leading your own or attending a critique group, then this post is for you: What Rules You … Continue reading

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The WHO, WHERE & WHENs of Critique Groups, by Heather Pierce Stigall

In my last two articles, I addressed the WHYs and HOWs of Critique Groups. If you’re not already in a critique group, you’re ready to join or start one, right? Or maybe you have a few more questions (especially if … Continue reading

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The HOWs of Critique Groups, by Heather Pierce Stigall

In my last article, I discussed the WHYs of Critique Groups, and I hope, if you are not already a member of one, that I inspired you to join a group. But maybe you’re now left wondering, “How do I … Continue reading

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The WHYs of Critique Groups, by Heather Pierce Stigall

When I decided to take children’s writing seriously, I heard two pieces of advice: (1) Join SCBWI and (2) Join a critique group. I put both off for a while, but I figured there had to be a reason I … Continue reading

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Eastern PA Volunteer Announcements: Author Heather Pierce Stigall Joins the Team! by Virginia Law Manning

I love SCBWI! If you’ve met me, you probably already knew that. It’s been a whirlwind romance for me. I joined SCBWI in 2013 and immediately started attending events. A few months later, I met Kim Briggs at the Winter … Continue reading

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How I Found the Courage to Write a Novel (And It Does Take Courage!), by Janet McLaughlin

Today, we’re so happy to host author Janet McLaughlin! Janet is the author of the Soul Sight Mysteries series, including Haunted Echo and Fireworks, and a longtime SCBWI member. She’s here today to lend you some inspiration and courage as … Continue reading

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“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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