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Critique Groups Reexamined

Don’t all pile on at once. I know you love your critique group, and maybe you’re right–but I have a few concerns, and a contrarian view of what such groups really accomplish.

I’m not going to paint all critique groups with one brushstroke. Writers at different career stages need critique groups for different reasons, and depending on where you are in your writing, you’ll be able to put together different constellations of members.

What Critique Groups are For

The usual wisdom for assembling a group of writers to regularly consider each others’ writing is:

  • to get constructive criticism of the members’ work
  • to suggest ways to solve problems (many groups say they don’t allow this, but in practice, it happens)
  • to gain the support of a small social network

What could possibly be wrong with this? Read More…