Georgetown Presbyterian Church
203 N. Bedford Street
Georgetown, DE 19947
We’ve all had our work critiqued at one time or another. However, have you ever felt as though the piece you feel is God-breathed–the piece you shed sweat and tears over–is picked apart like a piece of roadkill by ravenous vultures? How can we, as a Christian group, edify, encourage, and reprove the works presented? Also, how can we as writers learn to not become discouraged or easily offended by the critique process?
Rebecca Jones will focus on the value and process of manuscript critiques, using the Bible as our guide. She will provide handouts of the guidelines that are posted on the DCWF website (meetings/critiques), and we'll review the guidelines to see if they can be improved.
CRITIQUING: Please bring 10-20 copies of a maximum of three (3) double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and 12-pt. font. Also, please use the Line Numbering feature in Microsoft Word for your manuscript (go to the Layout tab and click Line Numbering). This will automatically number each line for quicker reference during the critiquing process.
Left to right: Betty Kasperski, Jenna Caraway, Wilma Caraway, Candy Abbott, Marilyn Emmanuel, Melinda Egan, Ben Patterson, Victoria Cannon, Judi Folmsbee, Thelma Jones, Rebecca Jones
Purpose of DCWF
What you can expect from DCWF
Here we are at our monthly meeting in Oct. 2008 where our teaching was about manuscript formatting and how to navigate Microsoft Word. It is becoming more common for our members to bring their laptops. We're doing our best to keep abreast of the leaps and bounds of technology.
Established in 1993, the group has approx. 45 members on the rolls with an average attendance of 8 to 15 and a regional mailing list of 130. The majority are new writers who are mentored by those of us who have been published. It is an informal gathering for critiquing and encouragement with numerous resources to build up the Christian who writes.
There is no membership fee, no "formal" agenda, and no pressure, but we do hold one another accountable to see progress in our writing.
We meet once a month, the third Saturday, from 9 until 12:30 (sometimes 10 to 2). Our meetings typically include a devotional, shared information, a teaching, critique groups, and prayer. Friendships are fostered over lunch and between meetings. On occasion, we host day-long writing seminars or retreats.
A number of our members attend regional or national conferences (visit www.writehisanswer.com for links to the Philadelphia and Colorado conferences).