I took a chance on the local writer’s group and attended last Tuesday evening.  The first woman who showed up told me I was the most attractive woman my age that she had seen in a long time.  Now, who wouldn’t want to join such a group?

I was excited after that remark, but then she told me that the group members hadn’t been doing much writing–just chatting.  Of course, I was disappointed about that remark because I am looking for a group that does serious critiquing.  I convinced her to listen to my latest efforts, and she did give me some feedback.  Then she read a one-page story about her early life, and I offered a few minor suggestions.  She’s an amazing writer so I was reluctant to give her my opinion. 

Three other members arrived a little late, and I read my short piece again.  One member suggested that I was leaving a powerful story too soon and encouraged me to develop it with a little more description and emotion.  Now, that’s the kind of feedback I’ve been hoping for. 

All in all, I think I’m going to enjoy the group.  It may be just what I’ve been looking for.  I’ll definitely give it another try next Tuesday.



About suesmemoir

I'm a retired business teacher with a new endeavor. I'm hooked on creating a memoir for my family. I've been reading books about writing and taking college classes in order to make my work come alive. This is my first attempt at creative non-fiction. Prior to becoming engrossed in the craft of writing, I wrote college term papers and business letters. Please join me as I share the process with you and continue on my journey of memoir writing.
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  1. Althea Boushie says:

    Sue, if you decide to publish your memoir, at least you know that you will look great on the book jacket!! Althea

    • suesmemoir says:

      Thanks for you kind comment. We certainly looked young in that picture. I continue to struggle with my writing, however, yesterday I had a one-hour conversation with a friend in England who has been making suggestions for improvement. First of all, he loves the book. Secondly, even though the conversation was long, he had very few corrections or improvements to suggest. I was so pleased after we said goodbye. Maybe it was a sign that my work is truly getting better.

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