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. The clipboard is passed around once a month.
Step 3: Bring your printed story/chapter to our workshop on the date requested. See below for specific guidelines.
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.
Critique Submission Guidelines
When submitting a piece for critique, please remember these guidelines:
- Your submission must be no more than 2,000 words.
- Use double spacing so readers can make notes.
- Include your name, genre, and story/book title at the top of the page.
- Add page numbers to your submission so readers can keep track.
- 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 AT ME.
- Please indicate whether you wrote a chapter to a book or a short story.
- Your submission must be fiction.
- 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.