Private Critique Sessions (PCS)
Why PCS may be the most important thing you do for your writing:
“Critiques are not tools of torture. They are meant to help you. Our staff PCS are put together in a thoughtful and meaningful way to lift your spirits by pointing out strengths in your work. They also raise some red flags by pointing out areas that need improvement. Critiques are designed to help writers, not to offend them or make them feel incapable. As a writer, you have to decide whether you truly want to excel at your craft.”
2019 Private Critique Sessions
PCS are back again this year and continue to be a highlight of the Central Coast Writers Conference. This year, all conference enrollees get one free PCS included with their conference registration fee*. All participants are eligible, and both new and experienced writers are encouraged to participate.
- - Must be enrolled for full conference*
- - Please look for email regarding PCS pre-registration for your best chance of having a PCS with your preferred staff choice.
- - Additional PCS sign ups available at conference on a first come first serve basis.
- - Choose a faculty member in your genre or an agent
- - Submit your work
- - Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet one-on-one with a professional for 15 minutes to discuss your work
- Questions? Contact us at PCSatCCWC@gmail.com
*Must be enrolled for full conference*
Private Critique Session How To Guide
How to choose your faculty member:
- Know your genre
- See presenter biographies
- One PCS is included with your conference registration. (Note: if you have a schedule conflict, please leave the class quietly and return to the class scheduled after your critique.)
How to submit your work:
- Email your submission to PCSatCCWC@gmail.com before the conference - preferred
- When you arrive at the conference, check in at the Private Critique Session table.
- Come to the conference with 2 copies of your work. Leave one copy at PCS Check-In for the faculty member file.
- IMPORTANT: include your name and genre in the top right corner of your submission.
- Fiction and nonfiction prose - 2 to 3 pages typed, double spaced, 12-pt font
- Screenplays - 5 to 10 pages in screenplay format
- Poetry - 40 lines
How to make the most of your 15 minutes:
- Take notes
- Be prepared with a few questions you’d like to ask if time permits