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Online Roundtable FAQ’s

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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.


How do I sign up?

Visit the information page.



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Strong Sentences, Strong Writing

with Kim Suhr 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

When writing prose, we tend to focus on big picture issues: Is it clear? Does it flow? What comes next? Every bit as important, though, is what happens at the sentence level: How does the structure of the sentence affect its mood? How does changing the word in the subject position change the emphasis of the entire sentence? How does sentence length affect pacing? Truth is, paying attention to these micro-level questions contributes much to that all-important big picture.

In this workshop, we will put sentences under a microscope and practice making them work harder for us in our writing. No need to be a grammar aficionado, though tolerance of the instructor’s grammar wonkiness will be appreciated!

9:30 am – noon

Red Oak Writing ~ 11709 W. Cleveland Ave, West Allis

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$45 (students & current Roundtable participants)

To register by mail, complete form & send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127

kim@redoakwriting or 414-881-7276 for info


Kim Suhr is the author of Maybe I’ll Learn: Snapshots of a Novice Mom and Director of Red Oak Writing. Her work has appeared in many journals, including the Midwest Review, the Stonecoast Review and Solstice Lit. Kim holds an MFA from the Solstice program at Pine Manor College where she was the Dennis Lehane Fellow in Fiction. To learn more about her writing, visit kimsuhr.com.

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Writing Your College Application Essay (Online Class)

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GPA’s, AP’s, ACT’s & SAT’s: this is the alphabet soup that will help you get into the college of your dreams, but what about that personal essay? Even the strongest of writers can get hung up on what to write about and how to approach this part of the application.

This online class will take students from idea generation to first draft. Included in the fee is individualized feedback on one essay (up to 650 words or about 2.5 pages double-spaced, 12-pt font).

Fee: $50 (includes 5 online modules and 1 essay critique)

Dates: The class may begin at any time. Students will have access to the online resources for 4 weeks. The essay must be submitted (as a Word Doc or via Googledocs) by the end of the 4th week.                                               No extensions!  Subsequent essays may be submitted at a discounted rate.

To Register: Complete the Registration Form

and send check to Red Oak Writing, PO Box 342, Genesee Depot, WI 53127 


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*The class uses the Haiku Learning platform. Here is a link to their browser requirements. You will also need an up-to-date version of Flashplayer or the equivalent to listen to the podcasts. The platform is straightforward and should be accessible for most every student.

Director of Red Oak Writing, Kim Suhr, is a former high school English teacher who has helped many young people craft college application and scholarship essays that got results. Her students have been accepted to schools such as Macalester, Duke, and Cal Poly Pamona, to name a few.

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