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June 19, 2013

Critique club welcomes writers

NORMAN — Do you have a secret goal of being a writer? Is there a story in your soul, ready to burst forth? You might be surprised to discover more than 90 percent of the population say they have a hidden desire to write book. Fewer than one percent actually do.

Writing is hard work. It’s a lonely endeavor. If it’s your goal, what can you do to motivate yourself toward making it a reality?

One way to conquer the loneliness and receive help with editing is to join a writer’s group.

During the 1980s, local freelance writer Bonnie Speer started Friday Writers in Norman. It’s been a godsend for individuals who wanted to crank up their enthusiasm for the writing life.

The group meets every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon in the basement of the Senior Citizen’s Center at Peters Avenue and Symmes Streets.

Friday Writers is a critique group. This is how it works. You bring several copies of your story (maximum 10 pages per day) for others to edit as you read the copy aloud. Members tell the writer what they like about the story. Suggestions are made about spelling, puncuation and grammar. When you are finished, you get all the pages back with the editing marks. It’s a wonderful way to propel your writing to the next level.

Members are currently working on stories they will enter in the Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc., contest.

Friday Writers is an arm of the Norman Galaxy of Writers, which meets the second Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon, alternating between the University Lutheran Church and the Norman Library.

Friday Writers and Galaxy are open to everyone. More information is available by calling 366-8835.

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