How Do I Submit for a Critique?

Step 1: Attend our workshops to get used to how we do things.

Step 2: Add your name to our sign-up sheet. We keep track of critiques at each workshop. We simply ask for volunteers.

Step 3: Bring your printed story/chapter to our workshop on the date requested. See below for specific guidelines. You must follow our guidelines!

 
I first came to the group with the wrong attitude. I believed that I was the definitive answer to the imagined question of where all the good writers went. I’ll always appreciate the patience and honesty from my writing group after I submitted my first piece for critique. They didn’t soften the blow of criticism; they were precise with their incisions as to why my work at the time was weak. That was a pivotal point for me.
— Gary Medina, Trustee and Charter Member

Critique Feedback Guidelines

When offering feedback to a member's piece, please remember these guidelines:

  • Every writer in the group needs to agree to speak the truth and to accept the truth.

  • Each member needs to speak with deep kindness and a sense of hope when it’s their turn to offer a critique.

  • Each member needs to take a deep breath and welcome the truth when it’s their turn to hear it.

Truly candid feedback is the only way to ensure excellence. When giving notes, be sure to include:

  • What is done well

  • What needs more work

  • What is missing in terms of plot, characterization, dialogue, narrative, etc.

  • What isn’t clear and needs to be explained better

  • What doesn’t make sense

  • A good note is specific. A good note does not make demands. Most of all, a good note inspires. Don't be afraid to underline your favorite lines or scenes too.


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Critique Submission Guidelines

When submitting a piece for critique, please remember these guidelines:

  1. Your submission must be no more than 2,000 words.

  2. Use double spacing so readers can make notes.

  3. Include your name, genre, and story/book title at the top of the page.

  4. Add page numbers to your submission so readers can keep track.

  5. Choose an easy-to-read font like Times New Roman (I know it's boring, but it's easy to read). Your submission should not be in all caps. I DO NOT WANT YOU SHOUTING.

  6. Please indicate whether you wrote a chapter to a book or a short story.

  7. Your submission must be fiction.

  8. You must remain quiet while a member gives feedback during a Thursday night workshop. Let the member finish his or her thoughts, and then you may respond. Do not interject or interrupt.

  9. Remember that we are here to help each other grow. You won't always love the feedback you hear from fellow writers and that's okay. Be willing to listen and grow.