Word By Word

Like many people who write I was first an insatiable reader. This hunger for stories led me to study French literature in college. Right after graduation I landed a job in a publishing company. Working in a word-friendly environment in the heart of Paris was living a dream. An unexpected turn of event would show me that the power of words remains extraordinary in any country and language. Long story short: I moved almost overnight from my native France to California to follow my husband for his career. So here I was in the heart of the Silicon Valley, equally thrilled and anxious to start a life from scratch. I forgot to mention that we had an eleven-month-old baby and that I was expecting a

Starting Your Own Critique Group

While RYS members have many opportunities to get excellent writing advice at a reasonable cost, there’s another path to consider when looking for regular and affordable feedback on your stories: joining a local critique group! The cost will primarily be your time, your creative energy, and gas money. The potential professional development? Priceless. So, just what is a critique group? It’s a regularly scheduled meet-up of fellow writers who are willing to read one another’s work and give constructive feedback with the goal of improving everyone’s writing skills. Meetings can be as frequent as weekly or as infrequent as monthly. Venues can range from private homes to public spaces such as l

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