Dream BIG Together – How to Find and Keep a Critique Partner

Description:  Joy E. Rancatore & Meagan Smith are critique partners who support each other in their writing. In this workshop, they talk about carefully choosing a critique partner and communicating expectations produces high quality content and time-efficient craft mastery and provides much-needed companionship and encouragement in an otherwise lonely profession.

Format: Workshop

Level: This presentation is for all levels. 


Joy Rancatore

Joy Rancatore

Author, Editor, Publisher

Joy E. Rancatore  is an Indie Author and the owner of Logos & Mythos Press in the Greater New Orleans area. She entered the professional writing world at age sixteen with a small-town weekly newspaper where the editor consistently ran her byline as Joe E. Over the years, Joy has written for newspapers, magazines and blogs, worked in public relations, web design and customer support and freelanced as a writer, editor and photographer. She writes fiction, nonfiction and everything between. She is the author of Any Good Thing, 2019, and Plus One Year More, 2020, co-author of Finders Keepers: A Practical Approach to Find and Keep Your Writing Critique Partner, 2019, and a contributing author to The Crux Anthology, 2018. In addition to her publishing roles, Joy is a blogger, speaker, teacher, editor for fellow Indie Authors and co-host of QWERTY Writing Life Podcast.

Meagan (Mea) Smith

Meagan (Mea) Smith


Meagan (Mea) Smith co-authored Finders Keepers: A Practical Approach to Find and Keep Your Writing Critique Partner (2019) alongside her own critique partner, Joy E. Rancatore. Mea and Joy co-host QWERTY Writing Life podcast where they explore how creativity fits in everyday life. She speaks to audiences on the topics of creative writing, embracing creativity, nurturing critique partnerships, and writing through grief. Mea has studied the writing craft for over a decade and has a Master’s in English. Outside of her latest release, Mea’s nonfiction works focus on the writing craft and life lessons delivered with kindness, humor, and honesty. She believes love doesn’t deter hateful things from happening, but it always conquers them. Because of this, she creates fictional content tinted with hope. Mea prefers her tales set in contemporary and/or fantastical places, and her poetry is based on a true story. Always.
Mea lives in a wooden house on a hill and trips over a multitude of cats while parenting her two rambunctious boys. 

Mentioned in this video:

Joy and Mea's joint effort, QWERTY Writing Life

Learn more about finding and keeping a critique partner, with Joy and Mea's book, Finders Keepers. 


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