The People's Ink offers critique groups for writers of all skill levels, educational backgrounds, and creative intentions. Critiques are based upon close readings of critique submissions, and occur during open yet analytical discussions, where everyone has a chance to comment upon the critique submission. Critique discussions are facilitated by experienced and trained participants, as necessary.
Guidelines for Participation
Participants are expected to follow either a weekly or every-other-week attendance commitment.
If a participant must miss a meeting that they have signed up to attend, that participant should let administration know of their absence by emailing ThePeoplesColloquiumPDX@gmail.com.
- Submissions should: be a .doc, .docx, or .pdf, double-spaced, with 12-14 sized font, and page-numbered.
- Submissions should be posted by the Saturday preceding the Tuesday meeting.
Signing up to submit
Participants receive emails once or twice a month showing available submission dates, which they can then reserve.
- Community Prose Critique Groups: Critique based meeting for fiction, essay, memoir, and all forms of prose writing; 10,000 word submission length cap; critiques scheduled weeks or months in advance; facilitated; 5-8 participants per group; 2-4 Community Critique Groups scheduled each Tuesday; for every 4 attendances in the Community Critique Groups, that participant is welcome to submit their writing for critique once.
- Community Poetry Critique Group: Critique based meeting for poetry; 1,000 word submission length cap; critiques scheduled weeks or months in advance; 5-10 participants per Community Poetry Group; 1-2 Community Poetry Group scheduled for each Tuesday; for every 3 attendances in the Community Critique Groups, that participant is welcome to submit their poetry for critique once.
Focus Groups are critique groups for participants who demonstrate a high level of dedication to their writing and the workshop process. Focus Groups are created around a literary interest or a shared intention (a "focus"). New Focus Groups begin once every 1-3 months. Inclusion is open to anyone who has 5 or more attendances and 1 submission in the Community Critique Groups.
Common features include:
- Participants collectively determine the focus group’s structure including word count cap for submissions, whether to include literary discussions between critiques, and more.
- Many (but not all) Focus Groups are closed, meaning that once the focus group begins, no new participants may join.
- Focus Groups use a rotation based system of critiques, e.g., writer one submits on week one, writer two submits on week two, writer three submits on week three, etc., and once the rotation has been completed, it repeats.
- Written feedback is mandatory whenever a participant misses a meeting. Feedback should take the form of a 1 page reflection.