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The Inklings

Cruel and Thoughtless Criticism

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We are a small community of friends and associates dedicated to peer review.

We wordsmiths and fellow travelers are committed to helping each other improve as authors, as well seeing ourselves improve. To this end, no requirements are laid forth for membership beyond this: each member will, in good faith, put forth an effort to honestly critique the work of his or her fellows, and will likewise produce works of his or her own as often as time permits.

There is no requirement as to length of work, frequency of postings, or topic. The posting of multiple revisions is acceptable, and even encouraged. (Posting the links to previous versions of a rewrite is also encouraged)

Endeavor to make all criticisms succinct, open, honest, and forthright. Progress isn't always pretty, but it frequently produces objects of beauty.

Naturally, unwritten rules of decency and decorum are in place at all times.

The Price Of Admission Is As Follows:
My personal goal in joining this group is. . .

tuxmatt: To be published in McSweeney's Quarterly (or something almost as cool).
hysteresis: I would like to write longer and more cohesive pieces.

(Please make all community posts public.)

Historical Footnote:

The Inkings was a literary discussion group active in Great Britain between the 1930s and 1950s. On Thursday evenings, the Inkings would gather on Tuesdays at Magdalen College (part of Oxford University) to read and critique each others' manuscripts. The also frequently assembled at a local pub called The Eagle and Child. (Although, contrary to popular belief, they did not do readings there.)

Notable Inklings include C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia, Out of the Silent Planet); J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings); Charles Williams (All Hallows Eve); and Owen Barfield (Worlds Apart).