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ISBN-13: 978-1470042134 ISBN-10: 1470042134

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  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 11, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1470042134
  • ISBN-13: 978-1470042134
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,170,150 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vicki Hudson curates an author interview series, Three by Five, on her website as well as the opportunity for emerging and independent authors to showcase work in progress with her Author First Look series. Since 2008 she has sponsored an emerging writer scholarship to attend the San Francisco Writers Conference where she has been a presenter numerous times. In addition to a Master of Fine Arts in writing from Saint Mary's College of California, she has attended writing residencies at the Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Retreat (2007), Veterans Writing Project with the George Washington University's Writing Program's Veterans Writing Conference (2013), and the Napa Valley Writers Conference (2013). Find her online at www.vickihudson.com and on Twitter as @Vickigeist.

Distractions from writing generally involve playing in the dirt, creating culinary concoctions with what came out of the dirt, feral cat control and constant catching up with literary, news, science, geographic, and other such periodicals that arrive in the mail. When not writing, kid wrangling or reading, look for her in Azeroth.

Follow her life and literary musings on Twitter @vickigeist or publication news @vicki_hudson. She blogs about home, parenting, urban farming, food, and more at http://www.throwrockpaperscissors.com. For more about Vicki go to http://about.me/Vicki_Hudson.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura J. Oliver on November 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Victoria Hudson's "No Red Pen" is a straightforward primer on how to give other writers feedback on their work. As the author of "The Story Within, New Insights and Inspiration for Writers (Penguin Books,) and as a creative writing instructor who has taught at two universities, I still found the very sane and gentle reminders in this book to be helpful. Writers sharing work are exceptionally vulnerable and learning how to give and receive feedback, even after several careful readings, requires practice and skill. This book will give those who are not adept at this experience, a place to start; a way to hold the tension in a positive way that serves writer and reader alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 2, 2013
Format: Paperback
To write well, we need honest, specific criticism. We need to know what works and what doesn't. We need both, "your piece made me feel..." and "in chapter nn it would help if you changed <something concrete>." What we don't need are suggestions that we write an altogether different story or vague criticisms "there was something about this that did <didn't> work..."
We also need all the help we can get!
In No Red Pen, Ms. Hudson provides the guidelines for developing writing groups that optimize the input to your manuscript so that you can optimize your output.
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By CS on February 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
I love this little book. It is a must have for all teachers and everyone that serves as a critic in life. No Red Pen is a metaphor for life. Why can't we just eliminate the red pen and fear associated with this color. Remember when you were a kid and the teacher returned your assignment with all the red marks and the sinking feeling that accompanied? This book offers a kinder, gentler way to serve as a critic. And lastly, liking the work is not important, why is! Love it and the author is a great presenter as well!
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Ideally, a writer wants to make his or her book as good as it can be. Since all writers have blind spots, it serves us well to have our writing critiqued by other writers before publication and eliminate whatever may become stumbling blocks to our readers. Victoria A. Hudson has written a clear and concise handbook for writers who want to find an appropriate critique group or start one themselves. A critique group is a reciprocal arrangement. You critique the work of other writers and they critique yours. One of the major barriers to participating in a critique group is fear: the fear of being told that your writing is not worthy and that you are wasting your time. "This and fifty cents will get you a cup of coffee." my father once said to me after reading my manuscript. Hudson addresses this fear and proposes ways for a critique group to function in a way that will minimize it. She clearly presents editor Mary Webb's three stages for critiquing writer's works in such a way as to respect the work and the person and remove the perceived threat to the writers self esteem and ego. She discourages the use of the red pen because "No one wants to be brought back and reminded of high school or college freshman English class."
Ms. Hudson has created a very useful guide book for writers who wish to participate in critique groups.
Disclaimer: Ms. Hudson gave me this book as a gift.
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Reading this book helped me understand why I've been so turned off by critique groups in the past. Hudson identifies all of the pitfalls of writing groups that make it hard to get what you need as a writer. She names the essence of the issue: fear and safety, and providing practical steps to nurture the latter and eliminate the former.
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