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Writing Critique Groups

New Critique group being formed in Clear Lake.  If interested contact Carmen at  This is a daytime group.

Sign up for one of our Writing Critique Groups!

SUNDAY: 1:00-4:00 SMALL BUT POWERFUL GROUP  – online group – twice a month –  Contact Rebecca Nolen at for more information.

MONDAY:  BRAESWOOD CRITIQUE GROUP – meets every Monday night.  Contact Rebecca Nolen at for more info.  This group has 2 openings.

TUESDAY:  ROCKET GROUP – by invitation only – find more information under the BENEFITS tab.

WEDNESDAY:  PEARLAND GROUP – 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7-9 p.m. at Panera Bread (2670 Pearland Parkway, Pearland TX 77581). This is east Pearland close to “old town.” Contact Pat at: for details and to be included on the group’s mailing list.

WEDNESDAY: THE WOODLANDS – Lara Gwinn group meets at her house every Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 pm. If interested contact Lara Gwinn at: (Spots are still available)

Every other WEDNESDAY : At Theo’s restaurant (812 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006) from 6:30 to 9:00 pm lead by Rona Train contact email at (FULL)

THURSDAY: MONTROSE CRITIQUE GROUP – meeting in Montrose, TX on Thursday evening 6:45 to 9:45. Contact Rebecca Nolen at This group is currently full.

FRIDAY:  MONTGOMERY – THE WOODLANDS AREA –  meets every second and fourth Friday 1:30 – 3:30 in Woodforest.  For more info contact Denise Satterfield at This group is currently full.

SATURDAY:  THE SATURDAY INNER LOOP CRITIQUE GROUP – This group is open – for more info Contact Rebecca Nolen at

Every other SUNDAY:   PASADENA/SOUTH HOUSTON CRITIQUE GROUP will meet at Cafe Express, 19443 Gulf Frwy, Webster, TX 77598 at 3:30 pm every other Sunday beginning October 15, 2017.  Contact to join or for more information.


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What we expect at our critique groups:

  • Everyone will have time to participate.
  • Show up. Be on time. Dedicate time and effort to giving feedback.
  • Accentuate the positive with every criticism.
  • Accept feedback from others without arguing or attempting to justify your position. You will learn more this way.
  • If you participate on a regular basis with your critique group you will get much more than critique.
  • You will have a group of people you can trust have your best interests at heart.
  • Our critique leaders are committed to providing a safe environment in which you can share your work in progress.
  • Each critique leader has guidelines for keeping the group on task within a time-frame, so everyone in the group gets equal participation time.

Are writing groups important?

Read this from Dear Abby. Save yourself embarrassment by getting your MS right.

DEAR ABBY: My friend’s husband has been writing a novel for several years. He just self-published it, and it’s available on Amazon. He gave me a copy, asked me to read it and enter a great review on the Amazon page. The problem is the book is filled with misused and misspelled words, and there is missing punctuation. He even switched the names of two characters. (His wife, who is a perfectionist, was his editor.)

Aside from the fact that I don’t want to finish the book, I know he or my friend will ask me how I liked it. I don’t want to lie because I’m afraid if someone else brings these things to their attention, they’ll know I didn’t read it or think I should have told them. I know they will be embarrassed if I bring it to their attention.

Frankly, I think it’s too late to say anything negative because the book has already been printed. I also don’t want to cause hurt feelings because I know how long he worked on this project and he’s proud of it. How do I handle this? — READER IN THE SOUTHWEST

DEAR READER: He’s a friend, right? And you’re only a reader, not a literary critic whose credibility will suffer if you don’t point out every flaw. Find something you liked about the book and mention that on the Amazon page. You could call it a page turner because you had to turn from Page 1 to Page 2, didn’t you?

And this is good advice when you review a book on Amazon or other site for a friend. Remember, if you don’t do reviews, when your book comes out, you will find your friends won’t review it. Old adage… what goes around.


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