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If you've ever stared at your keyboard, lamenting how much your writing sucks, good news! You found us. And we're here to tell you to snap out of it. 

STRONG HINT: Your writing does not suck. You're just not done yet.

So, whether you're a new penmonkey or a seasoned word-slinger looking for new perspective, listen in and find some nuggets to nudge you along until you find your own momentum.  

Nov 30, 2020

In a shorter episode, Anne and Tracey chat about character names, inspirations, and whoopsies. They discuss considerations for fantasy names, names drawn from different cultures, and the universally-accepted truth that Google is a writer’s best friend.


QUOTE: “No one ever made a difference by being like everyone...

Nov 16, 2020

The group discusses the scary idea of reading your work out loud to other humans. Focusing on both raw work and formal presentation, they discuss tips, tricks, and handy reminders to get through the various types of readings you may find yourself in.

Anne confesses to a childhood aversion to speaking at all, Tracey...

Nov 2, 2020

The group comes to you from their annual autumn retreat and swaps out Jessica with another member of the critique group. This time they’re twisting a little more into the idea of worldbuilding through the use of your character.

They discuss the learning curve of the POV character (newbie versus seasoned), visual aids,...

Oct 19, 2020

From the climax of your story to those final words, what’s an author to do? The group talks about wrapping up plot lines and reminds folks about keeping your promise to the reader.

Tracey points out how to end a novel within a series versus a stand-alone, Jess cautions against letting subplots fizzle out, and Anne...

Oct 5, 2020

Theme. For many people -- like, say, Anne – they cringe at the word and have flashbacks of English 101 in-class comas and literary snobbery.

Others – like, say, Jess – have always relished the ideas of sussing out a good theme and having drawn-out discussions of the author’s intention.

Others – like, well,...