Finding a Critique Group to Nurture Your Fire

This is a great post! I love the Burning Man analogy.

WRITERS' RUMPUS

by Joyce Audy Zarins

Good crit groups give you perspective. Good crit groups give you perspective.

You’ve heard of Burning Man, right? The arty, fire-infused festival takes place each Labor Day week in the middle of the 400 square mile Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Disclaimer: It’s not kid rated, but does serve as a tantalizing analogy.

Imagine that you are there in 1996 when 8,000 people come to witness it all. There is no fence around the parched, absolutely flat alkali lakebed, no signs to direct you, but you follow instructions given in miles and by compass points.

Critique groups help you progress. Critique groups help you progress.

You must bring everything you need: shelter, food, water, shade, and perhaps creative installations or artworks, the bigger the better. You see dozens of crazy art cars festooned with found objects and one car in the shape of a shark with a movable tail, stilt walkers and fire breathers, art pavilions…

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