Memoir Moment #6: Critique Groups Make the Difference

by Matilda Butler on May 11, 2009

Post #17 – Women’s Memoirs, Conversations – Matilda Butler and Kendra Bonnett

I spoke with Becky Levine recently about the developing the opening for your memoir. She discussed two weaknesses that she often finds in writing: (1) a slow build up and (2) a lack of clear goal or motivation for the story.

To hear her solutions, be sure to listen to her interview below.


Becky has written several books and is currently under contract with Writers’ Digest to write a book focused on critique groups — The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide. In the following interview, Becky gives us her insights into what makes an effective opener as well as to the importance of a critique group to help you improve your writing. Becky’s book will be out in January 2010. You can click on the Amazon link to pre-order.

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