Author Event - How to Give & Get a Good Critique
Feb 22, 2022
Brigham City Public Library
26 E Forest St
Join the Brigham City Library's Writing Group for a night with authors Josi Kilpack, Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen, and Becki Clayson as they discuss their read-aloud-only critique method. Book signings and Q&A afterwards.
Josi S. Kilpack is the author of several novels in a variety of genres, as well as short stories, articles, and a cookbook. She is the recipient of multiple Whitney Awards, starred Publisher Weekley reviews, and a Best of State Fiction recipient. Josi is currently writing historical romance and Women's fiction. She is the mother of four children and lives in northern Utah. The Valet’s Secret will be released in March 2022.
Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen has always been a writer. In fact, on her tenth birthday she received a typewriter, finally making it possible for her to officially plunk out her stories. But it was not until she was in the sixth grade that her desire to become a writer became her life’s goal. At that time, her teacher was reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders to the class, especially the part where Hinton’s character, Johnny, urged another character, Ponyboy, to stay “gold” (Hinton 178)*. That’s when Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen realized she wanted to be an author when she grew up. She also wanted her own novels to do what The Outsiders did: encourage her readers to stay gold, or as she prefers to think of it, to hold onto the greatness within them. From then on, she read a lot of books and studied the writing craft every chance she had. She eventually worked as a college radio station script writer, had her work published in magazines, and finally had her first novel published in 2009. Now, even with multiple publications under her belt, she still studies her craft through taking classes, reading a lot of books, and watching a lot of movies. Some of them multiple times, because she learns a lot from them, and because, well, they’re fun.
Becki Clayson was born with an active imagination and blessed with a mother who fostered it. She started writing in 6th grade when she discovered that the ‘Little House’ books were based on the real-life experiences of the author, Laura Ingalls Wilder. Becki, an avid reader, thought writing her own stories instead of having to wait until the end of a chapter or a book to find out what happens was a win. She dreamed of being a famous romance novelist, but so far she’s only published nonfiction (Rise Above Depression: Encouragement and Tips From Those Who Do It Every Day, collaboration by Jodi Orgill Brown; Depression, Ensign Magazine, February 2016; Bright Christmas in ‘Tis the Season’, League of Utah Writer’s Christmas 2021 anthology.) Becki loves hanging out with her four grown children and adores her darling grandchildren. She reads with them every chance she gets. In her spare time (what’s that?) she likes to travel with her husband, hike, camp, or snuggle up in a blanket to read the latest release from one of her writer friends.Check out our website for more information on upcoming Writing Group events.