Robson Ranch Writers Guild in the spotlight

Jan Marx

As visitors walk down the long hallway of the Creative Arts and Technology Center they see display windows belonging to the rooms they front. Many kinds of crafts and arts shown are made by members of various clubs that meet in the building. The Spotlight Window is an exception. Each month the exhibition changes representing one of these groups.

In May the display was full of fiction and non-fiction books written by Writers Guild members. They are: C.L. Smothers, J.K. Moore, Mary Jo Skillings, John Sandel and Jan Marx (writing as Janet McKenzie) from the first writers’ critique group begun four years ago. Also represented are members of the newly formed second group Klaus Dannenberg, Lavelle Carlson, Linda Hall and Joyce Stanley. (Jere Bone and Jim Gant are currently writing books for publishing.)

Critique groups meet twice a month and give members an opportunity to review each other’s work, provide helpful suggestions for improvement or clarity and to support their fellow members in what is considered a lonely occupation.

Most of our members can be found in Amazon books by typing in the author’s name or the book’s title. They are available on e-books or in paperback.

We always welcome questions and comments from those interested in creating the Great American Novel or non-fiction book. We are also eager to start a third critique group whose members are published, and/or are currently working on a manuscript.

For more information contact Carl Smothers at or Jan Marx at, co-creators of the Writers Guild.