How is the Online Roundtable (OR) similar to the in-person Roundtables?
Facilitated by an experienced leader who keeps the focus on your writing goals.
Participants are committed writers who have experience giving and receiving feedback.
Writers “meet” and have “real time” dialogue (once every 3 weeks using video chat).
How is the OR different from the in-person Roundtables?
Writers do not read their work aloud.
Participants submit and give feedback on each other’s work ahead of the meeting time (using Googledocs).
Whenever possible, the facilitator provides discussion questions ahead of time, so participants can focus their thoughts. (Nice for people who need a little extra processing time.)
Real-time “meetings” are shorter than in-person Roundtables (to balance time spend commenting outside of our conversation).
Group size is limited to 6 participants.
The series covers 6 sessions meeting on a 3-week rotation.
Does the group lack the intimacy of the face-to-face groups?
While there is definitely something special about being in the same physical space together, those who have participated in the OR say they’re surprised at how close the group feels to “real life.” Read some testimonials.
What if I’m not very tech savvy?
If you can maneuver gmail, you can probably figure out the video chat Google Hangout and Googledocs. I’m happy to work with you over the phone to get things set up and practice if necessary. From time to time, we will have glitches, but we’ll just roll with it and figure out things together. I think you’ll find Googledocs, in particular, a great tool for sharing your work and giving feedback.
The Online Roundtable groups are so enriching and helpful to my growth as a writer. With the ability to post and critique work in advance, Kim is able to facilitate our discussions with greater depth and insight. There is often a strong craft element worked into each group session, based on some of the material we are reviewing. I learn something valuable in each session — whether it’s from the discussion of my piece, or someone else’s. To my surprise, the group camaraderie develops online in much the same way as in an in-person group. And, the highlight has to be Kim. She is both a strong facilitator and great editor, coach and writer. She guides us to think about our work in new ways through skillful questions. If you want to move your work to the next level, I strongly recommend these online groups. ~ Pam Parker (Editor, Done Darkness, and guest columnist to the Washington Post, ““I survived cancer. Why am I so sad?”)
Here’s what I love about my Online Roundtable experience: fresh eyes on my work, a supportive environment, honest feedback, and a deadline for my next piece.
Thank you to Red Oak Writing for making this possible! ~Mike Weber
Kim has merged the valuable experience of critique groups at the table into the virtual world with this new online opportunity. The format of sharing work online allows for the same thorough feedback by writing peers, and the in-person meeting via video grants space for even deeper discussion of the work as a whole. As a person unable to attend Roundtables in person for the last few years, I missed the camaraderie and critique, and I was thrilled to participate in the online group–a perfect fit for someone with time or distance constraints but with a desire to work closely with other writers.~Christi Craig
The online class feels surprisingly intimate- maybe due to the in-depth approach to the work. I found greater insights in the overall approach to craft as well as detail. Great class for those trying to take their writing to the next step. ~Laurel Landis