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A critique group is a group of people that write and agree that they will read and "critique" each others manuscripts. Critique groups, when they work well, are heaven sent. We LOVE our critique group and would be lost without each of them. A critique group offers camaraderie, mutual respect, support and excellent critiquing.
Forming a Critique Group
Helpful links about forming critique groups:
Critique Group Guidelines
Writers Network Sites -In this free online creative writing community, writers and poets can post their writing, get feedback and discuss writing-related topics in the forums and live chat rooms. Members can also participate in contests, earn points for reviewing, maintain a personal writing profile and gain fans from all around the world.
Navigating the Forest of Forest of Feedback: 8 Ways to Recognize Helpful Criticism (and how to Ignore the Rest)
Critique Group Basics for Writers
The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups
Notes from the Slushpile: Notes from the Critique Group
Finding a Critique Group to Nurture your Fire
Tales of a Critique Ninja
Places to Look for Critique Partners
Inked Voices, a paid service that connects people to online critique groups. Check out some current offerings, which include feedback from agents and authors:
- March 6-26 Middle Grade Fiction First Pages - Online. Literary agent Christa Henschke of Macintosh & Otis will critique writers' first 15 pages in a small group setting.
- March 13th- April 3 Young Adult Fiction First Pages - Online. Literary agent Victoria Marini of The Irene Goodman Agency will critique writers' first 15 pages in a small group setting.
For professional critiques from people we recommend, check out our page, Freelance Authors/Editors & Critiques
Rate Your Story - a free and paid service that will review your picture book manuscript at rate it on a scale of 1-10. Staffed by published and experienced authors.