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Westside Writers seeks new local members


Reedsville group open to authors willing to take criticism

Westside Writers, a semi-monthly fiction critique group meeting in Reedville, will open membership during March 2013.

Formed in 2010, Westside Writers members work cooperatively in person and online to improve their writing. The group is open to fiction writers working in mainstream genres. Current members are working on novels, short stories and Web serials.

“This is a supportive group where I feel comfortable honing my skills,” said coordinator April Aasheim. “They are honest with their feedback and supportive of my goals.”

Members are encouraged to provide honest feedback either in writing or electronically and participate in group discussions. Authors decide how much feedback they want.

“We are expected to produce work and to contribute constructive feedback,” Aasheim said. “Deconstructing another writer’s work helps me strengthen my own writing.”

The group’s seven members range in age from 25 to 70. Writers bring varied backgrounds, skills and interests to the group, providing an author with a range of opinion and reaction through feedback.

Those interested in membership are asked to introduce themselves, their writing, and writing goals in an email. Writers are also asked to submit a short excerpt from recent work as well as provide written critique for a piece of flash fiction. Details are available at westside-writers.blogspot.com.