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"Finding the Write One: Wooing a Great Critique Partner & Being One Yourself" with Nikki Loftin

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St. Edward's University, Trustee Hall 303
3001 S. Congress Ave.
Austin, TX 78704

2/14/2015 From 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Note: Online registration is now closed for this event. If you wish to attend, there are still seats available. Please come to the class at least 15 minutes early and bring a payment of $49.

Before purchasing, please read all policies as stated below and on our Classes page.

Note: Online registration will close at the end of Thursday, February 12. After that you can pay admission at the door as long as seats are available. Thank you!

Have you been looking for writing love in all the wrong places? Or are you too uncertain of what being in a critique group is about to take that first step into the world of sharing your work? Do you even know what you’re looking for in your own Mr. or Ms. Write?

Whether you’re trying to find the perfect critique partner or group, or just wondering what the options are, this workshop will show you not only how to identify and find your perfect match, but how to keep the literary love alive once you do!

Topics covered will include the basics, such as writing partners/groups vs. critique partners/groups, the ways they work (online or in person, weekly or monthly, everyone brings pages or one person is "up," etc.), how to respectfully and helpfully critique someone's work, and how to graciously receive feedback.

The workshop will end with a “speed dating” session to help spark at least a few literary flames, so participants are encouraged to bring business cards and breath mints. Even if you don’t find the perfect critique partner, you will come away with a better sense of how to woo a great critique partner…. and how to be one yourself!

Nikki Loftin lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country, surrounded by dogs, goats, chickens, and rambunctious boys. She has her MA in English (Fiction Writing) from UT Austin. Nikki has forced her own perfect critique partners to read everything from puppet plays to poetry to full-length novels, many of which were subsequently published. Her three middle-grade novels, Wish Girl, Nightingale’s Nest, and The Sinister Sweetness of Splendid Academy (Razorbill/Penguin), have won awards and starred reviews, in large part thanks to her fabulous critique partners.

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NOTE: Tickets are not refundable, but they are transferable. If you purchase a ticket and then find you cannot attend, someone else can attend in your stead. Simply contact us at or 512-499-8914 and let us know so that we can update the class roster. For policies, please visit our Classes page.


This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

Writers' League of Texas classes and workshops are also funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts - Investing in a Creative Texas. For more information, go to


The Writers' League of Texas would like to thank St. Edward's University for its generous support and commitment to community, ongoing education, and the arts. Visit