Fort Stockton area writers group, Critique Café, has had it’s best year ever. Celebrating eight years in existence, I’ve watched these writers grow. Some have come and gone, but it has been a joy watching these folks learn to give and receive constructive criticism, improve their skills, and put out an amazing body of work.
The group produced two anthologies of our work this year, and published a newsletter each month. We held an art contest for our Children’s Edition cover, and gave support and prizes to young artists.
I’ve observed many come out of their comfort zone, lead groups, give speeches, and take the risk of baring their souls through their work. We’ve cheered each other on, supported, encouraged, and poked great fun at each other.
National Novel Writers Month has challenged and made better writers out of some brave people; 50,000 words in 30 days!
We’re so grateful to the H. Edward Petsch Foundation and the Fort Stockton Public Library for its sponsorship and support. We have some great community supporters as well.
It’s been a wonderful atmosphere to grow as a writer, and we ‘ve had the added benefit of meaningful friendships as well.
If you’ve ever thought of writing anything at all, and would like some feedback and support, we’d love to have you join us on 1st and 3rd Mondays at the library @6:00 p.m. ~ Jody Day ~