It’s official now: I co-run the critique group Columbia Writers. Myself and two good friends are now in charge of this meetup group, though we’ve been sort of de facto running a lot of it for over a year now. All the same, it’s nice to have the reins for real now.
Probably the best attended sub-group within CW is the 20/20 Critique Meet – this is also the one that I generally run. For this, we meet every other week, and two writers submit up to 20 pages of fiction to be critiqued by our attendees. Then we go round-robin style at the meetup itself and talk (and cross-talk) about the pieces. This works for both short fiction and longer pieces as well.
We have several other sub-groups like the Small Group Meet (up to five attendees each submit up to ten pages) and some write-ins at area coffee shops. There’s also the Novel in Six Months group that has been run in the past and there is sometimes a Beta Book Club group that reads completed manuscripts. There are plenty of opportunities to engage in writing and critique and perhaps, in the near future, there could be more or different sub-groups.
Changes are coming to our beloved CW and myself and the other two organizers look forward to making it better and brighter than ever.