Writers is the recently
adopted name of a previously nameless critique group in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. We meet weekly, Monday nights from six to nine, to
listen to fiction works in progress and critique them. In the
Member Pages section you will find short stories and chapters
from larger works. Please read them and give us your input. Venajan ja Ukrainan naiset hakevat miehia. He haluavat rakastaa ja olla rakastettu.
We Operate: Many of us have been together for over
ten years. Other members have been around less than a year. Anywhere
from five to a dozen people attend on a given night. There is
always room for another writer around the table. There is no
monetary cost to join our group. However, in a very real sense,
there are "costs" to joining an effective critique
You must give honest, constructive
input on other people's works. That does not mean telling them
how you would write their story. It means trying to understand
their writing goals and giving input to help them toward those
When you receive critique from
others, you must listen. It is very difficult to "defend"
your manuscript and at the same time pay attention the critique
comments of others. Simply put, not all readers will understand
what you intended in your manuscript. If you don't wish to hear
what others think of your story, you should not ask for it to
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As much as possible, egos must
be left outside the group. This, of course, is impossible. We
have a moderator to keep us on a constructive critique path,
but that is only possible through the joint efforts of all members.
Some members tend to address writing technique and grammar issues,
while others focus more on story and characterization development.
Sometimes these different areas of focus conflict, and that is
as it should be. (Also, that is pretty much when the fun starts.)
Stories critiqued come from
a cross section of humanity, and the language and events in those
manuscripts reflect those various backgrounds. Although we meet
in a church, some of the story situations describe very harsh
life events and language.
If you would like to visit us, either with a manuscript to be
critiqued or just to hang out, you are invited. We meet at New
Haven United Methodist Church at 56th and New Haven. Use the
South entrance and follow the signs. The "rules" to
our group are the above-mentioned four points. Everything else,
we'll work out together.
Background Information (or
answers to questions folks usually ask)
Members of the Tulsa
Nightwriters long ago formed a fiction critique group that eventually
evolved into the Crossroads Writers. At different times, we have
met in individual homes, a used car lot, and a community center
before landing at the present location.
The name Crossroads Writers was selected to recognize that writers
continually find themselves struggling through decision points
in their lives and in their work. Although we understand that
writing, in the end, must be an individual struggle, this group
is an attempt to support our writers in that process.
Some of our writers have day jobs in writing professions, although
none as full time fiction writers. Several have had short stories
or articles published, or have won writing contests. A few have
even had books published, or have agents attempting to sell their
books. In our critique sessions, however, the background of a
person doesn't matter as much as whether his or her input makes