Stone Soup Peer Critique Groups

LOCATION CHANGE: The fourth Tuesday poetry group has been relocated to The Wild Detectives in the Bishop Arts District.

Prose & Poetry Group

Prose and Poetry Peer Workshop, led by Mark Noble

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Meets 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10AM – 12PM @ The Writer’s Garret, 1250 Majesty Drive, Dallas, 75247

 

Mixed Genre Group

Mixed Genre Peer Workshop, led by Jim Dolan

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7PM – 9PM @ Lucky Dog Books – Casa Linda, 1152 N Buckner Blvd Suite 105, Dallas, TX 75218

 

Poetry Group

Poetry Workshop Group, led by Paul Koniecki and Reverie Evolving

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Meets 4th Tuesdays, 7PM – 9PM @ NEW LOCATION: The Wild Detectives – 314 W Eighth St, Dallas, TX 75208

 

Soup's On!

Quarterly showcase featuring poets and writers from Stone Soup and the Dallas literary community

Held at Deep Vellum Books – 3000 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75226. Check our event calendar for details!

Free, but donations welcome!

To check the status of individual meetings, look at our event calendar! If a meeting session has been cancelled or rescheduled, it will be removed from the calendar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Stone Soup?

A. Stone Soup Peer Critique Groups offer three different spaces for growing writers to connect with local writers in the Dallas community. If you’re looking for a space that will offer constructive feedback on your creative writing in an easygoing, close-knit workshop environment, Stone Soup is for you.

Q. What is the difference between the three groups?

A. Stone Soup Prose & Poetry welcomes creative writing of all varieties, but emphasizes poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and play scripts. During a meeting, work will be read aloud by members of the group. Each work will be critiqued for about minutes, and the writer will remain silent as if not present. At the end of the critique period, the writer may ask the group questions.

Stone Soup Mixed Genre welcomes written expression of creativity from any genre, with an emphasis on fiction (especially science fiction, fantasy, or other forms of experimental or speculative fiction) and memoir. However, creative essays, screenplays, stage plays, art criticism, and poetry are all welcome here. Submissions are sent in advance via email, then discussed at the meeting. Members will often mark up submissions with comments, which they will then return to the author at the end of the meeting.

Stone Soup Poetry welcomes poetry in all forms, including prose poetry. During the meeting, work will be read aloud and discussed by the other members. Discussion will sometimes include topics of interest outside the critique format, such as generative writing exercises.

Q. Do I have to sign up in advance?

A. Stone Soup Peer Critique Groups are open to the public and do not require advance registration. However, please note that Mixed Genre sends pieces for critique in advance via an email group, so please contact Emmy at gen@writersgarret.org if you would like to join this group and submit and receive pieces for critique.

Q. Do I need previous writing experience?

A. No. Stone Soup welcomes everyone interested in growing as a writer, novice and expert alike. However, do keep in mind that this is a critique environment, and you will be expected to bring a piece of your work and offer and accept constructive feedback. Please keep in mind that this is a workshop, not a performance. If you feel that a particular work is finished, you may feel more comfortable saving that item for a public reading event.

Q. How large are the critique groups?

A. At this time, our groups have an intimate size of less than 10 people for most meetings.

Q. How do I submit my work?

A. The Poetry and Prose & Poetry groups do not accept pre-submissions; writers distribute printed copies at the meeting. Please bring 10-12 copies of the work you wish to have critiqued.

Mixed Genre submits pieces in advance via email, so that each member may read in advance and write down comments. It is customary to bring at least one printed copy in the event someone has missed the email distributing the submission. Submissions should be formatted double spaced in 12 point type, with name, title of the piece, and genre in a header, and with page numbers lower right hand corner.

 Q. Can I submit longer works?

A. You certainly can, but please understand that no matter how long the work, only 8-10 pages will be covered in Prose & Poetry and only 10-12 pages will be covered for Mixed Genre. Please respect your fellow writers’ time by breaking down your manuscript to this length. Additionally, please be aware that if a long work is under consideration, a page recapping prior pieces is helpful for those critiquing your work.

Great workshop. I was really nervous, but excited and so glad to be a part of the first one at the new location of Lucky Dog Books! Thanks for making me feel welcome and giving me a safe place to hone my art.

— Desmene Statum

Great workshop. Very helpful… I’m looking forward to next month.

— Daniel Evans

… Tonight was the first time I read aloud something I wrote… in years. I appreciate the feedback!

— Rosie Lindsey