April 2020 Open Critique: CANCELLED

Apr 01, 2020 — 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Falcon Police Station 7850 Goddard St., Colorado Springs, CO 80920 (get directions)

NOTICE: We’re actively trying to stay ahead of the COVID-19 outbreak, while still finding ways to keep our writing community together. We’re taking the preventative step of cancelling our in-person April meeting, and will re-evaluate whether or not to meet in May. We are also pursuing a way to have Open Critique online, so nobody needs to leave home, or put on pants. Please stay safe, keep writing, and wash your hands. 

PPW Open Critique is open to anyone who needs a second set of eyes on a few pages of their work. You could be new to writing altogether, or just new to critiquing. You could be looking for a critique group or a way to end a chapter. You might want to learn best practices and etiquette of critiquing. You might be an established writer stuck on a scene that needs…something. You might want to know if your inciting incident really incites.

The host is Robert Spiller, multi-published author, experienced teacher, and critiquer extraordinaire. Sometimes Robert will invite a guest critiquer, someone experienced to give you additional perspective.

What do you need to do? Bring a maximum of eight manuscript pages (one-inch margins, double-spaced, one sided, 12-pt type). Bring eight copies of your eight pages. If you want to ensure your work gets read at the next session, email critique@pikespeakwriters.com to reserve a space. Or you can show up (with copies) and put your name on the sign-up list, first come, first served. We typically get through about six submissions each session.

You will get immediate feedback on your work, while learning how to give and receive constructive feedback on a work in progress.

Not quite ready to take the plunge? Observers are ALWAYS welcome and don’t require advance registration.

Open Critique takes place the first week of every month, from 6-8:30 p.m., at the Falcon Police Station, 7850 Goddard Street, 80920 (west of Chapel Hills Mall). Please contact Critique@PikesPeakWriters.com with any questions, or to secure your slot for the next adventure.


Robert Spiller

Besides being a master of space and time, Robert Spiller is the author of the Bonnie Pinkwater mystery series: The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, Irrational Numbers, Radical Equations. and Napier’s Bones. His math teacher/sleuth uses mathematics and her knowledge of historic mathematicians to solve murders in the small Colorado town of East Plains. A retired mathematician, Robert lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado with his wife Barbara.