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  1. Catherine Krahe
    July 30, 2010 @ 11:25 pm

    Some possibilities for critiquers open up when you go where writers are in general– not just Alpha and other organized workshops, but cons in general. I wouldn’t have found my Iowa City crit group, nor anyone writing in Iowa City, had I not gone to Wiscon in 2006. It took until 2007 to re-find the crit group, helped by some serious serendipity (when you meet someone cool at a con, WRITE THINGS DOWN!), but it wouldn’t have happened at all without that bit of writertalk at a party.


  2. Elena Gleason
    July 30, 2010 @ 11:37 pm

    Yeah, cons and workshops are the absolute best way to meet good critique partners, but it’s a bummer if you can’t afford them. I would have mentioned them here, but was trying to find ways that didn’t involve spending money. I definitely couldn’t afford conventions when I was just starting out, and I still can’t afford any that involve travel and accommodation expenses, which is most of them.

    …But if you CAN afford to go to conventions, then yes, that is a fantastic way to meet other spec fic writers with whom to swap stories!


  3. Catherine Krahe
    July 31, 2010 @ 12:45 pm

    I hadn’t picked up on the free/cheap pattern, sorry. I also think of some things as side benefits, like finding writerfolks at cons– I go to cons for other purposes, and that was a bonus. The con is an unrelated cost, like buying a laptop to get online. Assumptions and privileges all over the place.


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