Patrick D. Coyle journals and writes memoir and personal stories about travel and sustainable development. His short memoir, Time of Your Life, won first place in Impressions, the Las Positas College 2015 anthology.
Other memoirs have been published in the Voices of the Valley: Word For Word, Encore, and First Press, California Writers Club Tri-Valley Branch anthologies (2015, 2013, and 2011); 4th Street Studio’s Livermore Wine Country Literary Harvest and Saturday Salon Literary Harvest anthologies.
I’ve been involved in critique since I joined the Tri-Valley Writers Branch in 2005 as a charter member. My good friend and mentor, Hector Timourian, led this group until he he handed it off. I picked up the responsibility to “clerk for us,” getting the announcement out to people about when the monthly meetings are coming up, letting people know who has submitted pieces, and showing up to facilitate the critique session discussion.
I’ve benefited from the feedback from others, reading the diversity of others pieces, and offering comments about what I liked, what gave me pause, and suggestions.
The monthly critique sessions also encourages me to write, to get a piece ready to submit for critique. I don’t like to be empty handed.
I joke with others that my only hope is that writing is a learnable craft.
We continue the STEM critique group through the summer.
I encourage you to write, to check out our CWC TVW branch, and to consider the critique groups as a way to improve your writing.