The Lewis County Writers Guild meets on the third Friday of each month at the Station Coffee Bar and Bistro, 120 S Tower Ave in Centralia, Washington. Meetings begin with a social hour at 5:00 pm. The program begins at 6:00 pm. This is a great time for networking with other writers, learning about the craft, and being encouraged in your writing.
On every Friday, except for the third Friday, we meet at the Station and critique each other’s writing. You are welcome to come even if you have nothing to bring in. We usually comment on four to five manuscripts. If you want to have your story critiqued, bring in eight to ten copies to pass around. The ideal word count is between 1500 and 2000 words. You then read out loud and each member gets a chance to comment on the piece. Most of the corrections will be written down on their copy for you to review later.
Our policy for critiques is as follows:
- Word count should be 1500 to 200 words
- Start end by saying something positive.
- Critique the work, not the author.
- Don’t mention little things like commas and other things that can be reviewed by the writer at home. Be sure to write those corrections on your copy.
- The writer should not argue with a critiquer and should only respond if asked a question.
The rules allow is us to have as many readers as possible on any one evening.