The guild sponsors weekly Wednesday night critique sessions at Barnes & Noble, LaTaza Coffee House, and Denny's on Blanco just south of Loop 410 from 7-9 p.m. We also hold a critique session at the John Igo Library from 6-8 p.m. The critique groups are run in the same fashion as the Thursday night workshops. The various places we meet are listed below, along with information about how to get there and where to find us when you do. Be sure to get on the email notification list by coming to one of the meetings and talking to one of the officers.
The second Wednesday of each month the group gathers from 7-9 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble's address is 321 NW Loop 410 #104. It is near San Pedro and just north of Loop 410. Go north on San Pedro, just a block outside Loop 410. Turn right on Isom Road (it's Lockhill Selma on the left-hand side) and then turn right again into the San Pedro Crossing shopping center. Turn left in front of the first block of stores and B&N is down there.
We will be meeting in the small event space on the left side of the store (Nature/Pets) with two long tables seating up to 16 people.
All are encouraged to come whether you have something to be read/critiqued or not. There is a Starbucks in the Barnes & Nobles for those who need their coffee.
The critique session is sometimes held the third Wednesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. at the John Igo Library. The library is just south of Loop 1604 NW. Between Bandera Road and IH-10, take Hausman south and turn right on Kyle Seal Parkway. Take the first left into the library. We don't normally go there during early voting season.
Denny's at 6801 Blanco Road
The critique session is sometimes held the third Wednesday of each month at Denny'sfrom 7-9 p.m. Most of us come early, 6 p.m., to have supper. The location is at Blanco Road and Loop 410. Okay, actually on Blanco Road just a little south of Loop 410.) It has a meeting room that is separate from the rest of the restaurant. That's where we'll meet. There is a requirement that we buy $50 of food to use the room. But that's usually never a problem.
The critique session is held the fourth Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at the LaTaza Coffee House. LaTaza is located in the shopping center with HEB off Brookhollow and 281. Take 281 and then the Brookhollow exit. If you come at Brookhollow from the south, when you exit, you should either jump over quickly from the exit into the HEB parking lot or use the intersection just ahead of the entrance and turn right. LaTaza is at the northeast corner of the shopping center.
Visit: www.lataza.biz for the coffee house's Web site.
As a rule, if the Wednday session is not held in the same week as the monthly SAWG which almost always meets on the first Thursday of the month. Also, a few times a year there is a fifth Wednesday in a month. Every once in awhile, there's a first Wednesday after the first Thursday (Example: the SAWG meeting would be March 1 and the next Wednesday is a first Wednesday, March 7.) Even fewer times a holiday interferes with regular SAWG Thursday meeting. (Example, Thursday, July 4. The SAWG meeting would then be on Thursday, July 11.) So a Wednesday session will br held on that first Wednesday. The most likely site for these first/fifth Wednesdays will be held at the Brook Hollow Library, 530 Heimer, from 6-8 p.m. But that location may change due to the library's schedule.
The critique session follows the same basic format as the monthly fiction critique workshops, but is much more laid back. Fiction, non-fiction, and poetry works are welcome. You may present up to ten pages, double-spaced. We suggest bringing along 10 to 14 copies so folks can read along and more importantly, so they can mark their comments on the paper. Taking those comments and seeing how many people mark the same suggested change is very helpful to the writer. There is usually a reading list of who is next, so if you show up and expect your piece to be read, it may not happen. But always bring something to have read. You never know who is going to show up and who isn't.
You do not need to confirm you will attend. Just show up.
Guests and non-members of SAWG are welcome and are encouraged to attend.