In-Depth Critique

IDCOur next IDC is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pm. Deadline for submission of up to 4000 words is a week prior to the meeting.  (Members will receive an email from Dave Gourdoux with date of deadline. Others, please email Dave. See SUBMISSION GUIDELINES below.) Work may be fiction, non-fiction, essay, play, or poetry. If the piece exceeds the word limit , please submit an excerpt in keeping with the word limit and provide a brief synopsis of what the reader needs to know.

All submissions will be emailed to participants about a week or so before the meeting. At the meeting, the author reads a page to a page and a half of the piece. The critique format consists of 3 rounds.

1st round:  participants point out what’s working in the piece and what they especially liked.

2nd round:  participants may ask questions and comment on problematical areas. The author does not comment or reply during the first two rounds.

3rd round:  the author answers and/or ask questions, and may comment on the feedback received.

Participants may print out and write their comments on submissions, or bring their laptops with pieces downloaded and provide verbal critiques.


  • Word Document, sent as attachment
  • Double spaced, 12 pt., Courier font, pages numbered
  • Include your name and title at the top of the first page, and include what form the piece is (short story, novel excerpt, poem, etc.)
  • Send work to Dave Gourdoux: