Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Critique Group: Where Are You?


Where do I find a critique group?

Now that we’ve thought about what we want in a group and whether we’re looking for an online group on one meeting in person, the next question is where to look for your next critique group.

I participate in two groups.  The online group is a genre group of five writers on AuthorSalon.com.  We are engaged in a rigorous critique process which requires literally hours of time devoted to critiquing each other’s work in detail.  Definitely not for everyone.  You may also find online groups associated with specific writing conferences and writing associations.  In addition, look to genre specific online communities for critique group opportunities.

Face-to-Face groups can be established using online tools, such as meetup.com; posting an announcement in known writer hang outs -- bookstores, cafes, libraries; making a request through your local writer’s association and networking.  My other critique group, a face-to-face group, is made up of peers I met while attending a certificate program in fiction at the University of Washington.

Where have you found your critique groups? Post a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Next post I’ll look at the critique process.


4 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

I prefer face-to-face critiques where you can ask specif questions and see reactions -- especially for humor. When I started out they came in the form of the National League of American Pen Women and moved though RWA, MWA, and then more recently and locally FWA (Florida Writers Assoc.)

Now I have designated/ideal readers within a group that meets in our library. Most of them have been associated with my other affiliated groups.

Big Mike said...

My blood squad has evolved over six years and lord do I cherish them all. Half are writers them self and half are individuals not afraid to bleed on my scripts, a critical skill.

Michael Davis (Davisstories.com)
Author of the Year (2008 and 2009)
Award of Excellence (2012)

joyce said...

My source for finding a critique group is using the state chapter of RWA to put out a call for fellow writers interested in joining a group. I've even been brassy enough to contact several writers in my very rural, small community and set something up a coffee which led to a partnership. One was a no go but the other has been a treasure of friendship and resource.

joyce said...

My source for finding a critique group is using the state chapter of RWA to put out a call for fellow writers interested in joining a group. I've even been brassy enough to contact several writers in my very rural, small community and set something up a coffee which led to a partnership. One was a no go but the other has been a treasure of friendship and resource.