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The Feedback Loop: Six-Week Critique Group for Writers of Fiction and Memoir

Offered by Author and Editor Laurie Gough and Story Coach Tina Trineer

What’s the best way to get professional feedback on your fiction or nonfiction writing project? Join a critique group with professionals who’ll guide you along the road toward publishing, learning tricks and techniques of the craft on the way. 


Critique. Just the word alone makes many writers cringe. Why? Because it reminds us of another word that has a negative connotation: criticism. Yet, as an author, Laurie Gough understands the need to have another pair of eyes look closely at her writing and give her constructive advice and direction so she can make her work the best it can be. In her 25+ years of experience writing books and working professionally as an editor, she's learned that most authors—whether a new writer or seasoned published author—need a critique circle and preferably in the early draft of their project. Constructive criticism can improve your writing by leaps and bounds. Your family and friends might praise your writing but their feedback is going to be limited. If you’re writing and intending to publish you need support and assistance from people with detailed knowledge of the craft of writing and direct publishing industry experience.

Who We Are:

Laurie Gough is a journalist and award-winning author of three memoirs: Kite Strings of the Southern Cross: A Woman’s Travel Odyssey (Random House) Kiss the Sunset Pig: An American Road Trip with Exotic Detours (Penguin) and Stolen Child: A Mother’s Journey to Rescue Her Son from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Dundurn). Over twenty of her stories have been anthologized in literary travel books and her books have been translated into several languages. She has been a columnist for The Globe and Mail, and has written for The Guardian, The L.A. Times, Maclean’s, The Walrus, USA Today, Salon.com, The National Post, Canadian Geographic, among others. She works as a freelance editor and leads writing critique workshops for MemoirWritingInk. (See: www.lauriegough.com)

Tina Trineer is a story coach who loves helping writers discover and share the heart of a story. She encourages writers to draw from a deep vein, plumbing the depths of their psychology and life experience. After spending three years enrolled in Concordia’s Creative Writing program, Tina went on to study organic script analysis and develop a creative writing course for youth. She freelanced as an editor before moving into coaching six months ago. Now, Tina works closely with novelists and memoirists as they craft their books and is on the verge of earning her certification as an Author Accelerators Fiction Book Coach. In addition to being a writer, she has studied and worked as an actress, dancer, and singer.

(See: www.tinatrineerstorycoach.com)

What We're Offering:

Once a week, for two hours, over six weeks, we (Laurie and Tina) will meet with you and five other writers virtually. During our meetings, each participant will join us in sharing constructive thoughts about that week’s submissions. As you explore the work of your fellow writers, hear the critiques offered by others, and learn some tricks of the trade, you’ll develop an editorial eye that you can apply to your own writing. Most importantly, you’ll get the chance to submit your own work, and receive feedback, every other week. In other words, you’ll have three opportunities to share your writing. Along the way, multiple writing questions will inevitably arise which we’ll address, such as:


How can you show more and tell less in order to bring this piece to life?

What’s the narrative arc in this story?

How can you create a more compelling opening to hook your readers?

How can this story be raised above the level of an anecdote?

What are the stakes in this story?

How can your main character compel the reader to engage deeply?

How can you create narrative drive?

What is the point, or main idea, of your piece, and what’s the best way to communicate it?

You’ve finished polishing, now what?


And so much more....


When we critique your writing, our goal is not only to help you make your writing shine, but also encourage you along this rocky road. A supportive (and fun) writing circle can make all the difference to your writing!


So, do you have . . .

  • a manuscript* (or short story) you’ve completed but you’re not sure if it’s any good?

  • a manuscript (or short story) that needs work but you don’t know how to proceed?

  • a few chapters written but you’re not sure if they’re the best they can be?


*manuscripts can be fiction or nonfiction (such as memoir, personal essays, travel, etc.)

The cost is $450 per participant, and we begin meeting the week of April 17th, 2022.

We can help you! Join us, won't you?

Feel free to explore Laurie's website.


Please, contact me to sign up or ask questions. :-)