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John Reed

The Pirates

In–depth read and critique session

9:30 PM into the wee hours
Vista III

This is a lively, spirited read-and-critique session, often stretching into the wee, small hours of the morning. Students who try hard to help their fellow writers often end up helping themselves even more. You won’t need to bring copies for the group, but if you want in-text edits, provide one copy for the instructor.

Message to Students

Of my students I require an open mind and a willingness to write from the heart – even when you don’t feel good, and if it’s your first time to the conference: Relax, take a deep breath and plunge in.You’ll find your writing life forever changed.


In addition to being on the staff at the SBWC, John Reed has published two novels and has been teaching writing courses and conducting workshops around the country for 25 years. Reed operates an editing and critique service for writers.

Writing Tip I Live By


Literary (and other) Heroes

Barbara Kingsolver, Sue Grafton, Jonathan Franzen, Lee Child; plus Hemingway, Faulkner and all the other great old Dead Guys. Reed also recommends that all participants be sure to pick up a copy of How to Write a Damn Good Novel by Jim Frey.