Running a Critique Group the 9Bridges Way with Vargus Pike, 9Bridges Chairman

Monday, February 15, 2016, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:15)

At the First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis, OR
Dennis Hall (enter the main door on 9th and turn left)
114 SW 8th Street
Corvallis, OR

You’ve been asking about critique groups, and we Running a critique grouplistened.Vargus Pike will give a short presentation explaining the 9Bridges Critique Group method to be followed by an interactive session in which the 9Bridges method will be put into practice.Come and take advantage of this unique opportunity to have professionals and peers provide feedback on your writing.

Volunteers are needed:
If you would like to participate as a reader during the exercise, please bring a two page double-spaced excerpt of your current work. No additional copies are needed, because the 9Bridges method has you read it aloud.

There are no restrictions in regards to style, genre, or achievement level. All that is required is a willingness to read, to listen, and to provide your insight to another’s work just as they will provide theirs to yours.

Audience Members are also needed:
Come prepared to listen and provide your insight into another’s work.

Vargus Pike is a poet, performance artist, and proprietor of the privately owned Pietzsche Pit Press. When not practicing alliteration, Mr. Pike serves as Board Chairman for the nonprofit organization 9Bridges. An organization which is dedicated to serving the needs of the writers community. A former educator, Mr. Pike is also an occasional presenter sharing the knowledge and experience he has garnered from his years working in the realm of the performance and literary arts.

Willamette Writers on the River is the Corvallis Chapter of Willamette Writers. This meeting is open to all, no one is turned away. This event is free to Willamette Writers and to full-time students. Guests of WWotR members pay $5; visitors pay $10.

Future WWotR Events:

  • March 21, 2016 – Spring Quarterly Reading: Read your work out loud in front of everyone at our traditional “Open Mic” event.
  • April 18, 2016 – Maren Anderson will share tricks on how to write a book in a month.
  • April 30, 2016 – WWOTR Spring Workshop on “The Nuts and Bolts of Writing and Selling Short Stories” with Sarina Dorie at the Comfort Inn Suites in Corvallis.
  • May 16, 2016 – Rosanne Parry presents “Research & Empathy: Writing Across Cultures”
  • June 20, 2016 – Summer Quarterly Reading: Read your work out loud in front of everyone at our traditional “Open Mic” event.
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WWotR’s Monthly Meetings

Unless otherwise stated…

Meeting Time

Third Monday of each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Except for January when we meet on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Day.

Meeting Place

Dennis Hall at the First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St., Corvallis, OR 97333 (enter Dennis Hall at 9th & Monroe)

Meeting Format

  • 6:30-6:45 – Networking & social time
  • 6:45-8:15 – WotR News and Announcements followed by the Program
  • 8:15-8:30 – Networking & Speaker’s Book Sales


The meeting is free to members of Willamette Writers and full-time students. Guests of Willamette Writers members pay $5. Non-members pay $10 to attend. Our quarterly readings (March, June, September, and December) are free and open to the public. No one is turned away.

WWotR is a part of Willamette Writers

Willamette Writers is the largest writers’ organization in Oregon and one of the largest writers’ organizations in the United States. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt Oregon corporation led by volunteers. Elected officials and directors administer an active program of monthly meetings, special seminars, workshops and conferences. Continuing with established programs and starting new ones is only made possible by strong volunteer support. Members continually explore other ways to interact in the literary community. For more information on Willamette Writers, its annual conference, and membership, visit Google+