April 23

Purpose: To help members become better at the craft.

Method: Members distribute samples of their writing for critique two weeks prior to scheduled meetings. The advance submission allows time to read and digest the works so that members come to the meeting prepared to offer in depth verbal and written critiques of the submitted writing.

Each participant has an opportunity to hear how other readers have responded. The writers being critiqued are not burdened with taking notes because they receive the marked up copies of the pieces submitted,

Unwarranted praise is not the norm for a critique meeting. The Big Canoe Writers Group is not for the thin skinned. The Group maintains a high level of courtesy, but candor is expected.

History: In 1999 a dozen aspiring writers gathered at the residence of retired professor of English, Dr. Harris Green for the kickoff meeting of a creative writing club in Big Canoe, Georgia. Most of the original members were interested in writing stories or poems, but the club evolved and current members work on novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and poetry.

Schedule: The Big Canoe Writers Group meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at the Canoe Lodge. The first meeting is devoted to critiques. At the second meeting guest speakers, readings, and other writing related events enrich the club experience.

Visitors are always welcome.

For more information:
Email: admin@bigcanoewriters.org
or telephone 706 268 3585

The following article appeared in the February 2010 issue of Smoke Signals

by Anita Rosen

The power of words is well-known to the members of the Big Canoe Writers. I was graciously invited to sit in on a session and experience firsthand a step in the process an author goes through in developing his/her work.

Founded about eleven years ago by Big Canoe resident Harris Green, diversity marks the 18 members’ backgrounds; passion for the written word and talent for expression unite them. Most members are writing for their own enjoyment, but some have been published. BCWC meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Lodge with presentations made at the month’s first meeting. Pieces ranging from two to 20 pages are e-mailed to members two weeks in advance. Anything from fiction to memoirs to poetry is fair game. The idea is to make better writers; to this end, members may bring in a speaker or give the group a writing exercise.

During my visit, three pieces were reviewed. It was clear from the detailed assessments that each member gave considerable thought to the critique process: words were evaluated, paragraphs were dissected, and a general vote of confidence or, more rarely, non-confidence, was expressed. Comments were incisive yet considerate and respectful. Regard for each other was obvious, allowing humor to mingle with astute no-holds-barred observations.

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