Is a Critique Group the Right Thing for You?
The guiding principle of the group is to critique, not criticize. We are here to help, not tear down. We are here not to change your unique writing style, but to help you strengthen it.
There is a bonding that takes place in a critique group after a few sessions. Members begin to recognize and appreciate one another's critiquing strengths, and mutual trust and a spirit of working together to improve each other's work develops. Also, members often find that in critiquing the work of others, they see ways to improve their own writing.
Each critique group member brings a different style and different skill to the critiquing process. One member may be more focused on the big picture: do things add up, do they make sense? Another may be more interested in grammar and manner of expression. Another on character development. Someone else on moving the story ahead. And all will have a sense of your story's audience appeal. Even though each has a special strength, as a whole they act as a focus group for the audience you are trying to reach. In its present form, is your book or story something your target audience will want to read?PSWG critique groups are usually made up of 5 to 10 writers who meet weekly. Members take turns reading a few pages of their material. After the reading, the other members make suggestions for improving the writing.
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