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Writing Critique Groups

New critique group being formed in Katy, Texas.  If interested, email Amber Meyers at amberzade@icloud.com. 

New Critique group being formed in Galveston, Texas.  For dates and information, email Cari Netemyer at cj.netemeyer@gmail.com. 

Sign up for one of our Writing Critique Groups!

SUNDAY: 1:00-4:00 SMALL BUT POWERFUL GROUP (still in development stages) Contact Rebecca Nolen at rlnolen@hotmail.com for more information.

MONDAY OR THURSDAY OR SATURDAY: AT ROGER PAULDING’S – Contact Roger Paulding at rpaulding@sbcglobal.net if interested.

  • MONDAY MORNING: 9:30 A.M. ONLY 1-2 MORE SEATS AVAILABLE
  • THURSDAY: 7 P.M. UNTIL 10:00 ‘ish
  • SATURDAY: 11 A.M TO 1 P.M. (LYNNE GREGG’S OLD GROUP)

MONDAY: HEIGHTS CRITIQUE GROUP – closed

MONDAY:  BRAESWOOD CRITIQUE GROUP – meets every Monday night.  Contact Rebecca Nolen at rlnolen@hotmail.com to be included in this group.

WEDNESDAY: BELLAIRE CRITIQUE GROUP – meeting in Bellaire, TX. on Wednesday evening 6:45 to 9:45. Contact Carla Conrad at cc525@me.com. This group is open.

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

THURSDAY: ~ COMING SOON ~ AN INTERNET GROUP MEETING EVERY THURSDAY NIGHT. Contact Rebecca Nolen at rlnolen@hotmail.com for more details.

SATURDAY:  THE SATURDAY INNER LOOP CRITIQUE GROUP – This group is closed – for waiting list and/or more info Contact Rebecca Nolen at rlnolen@hotmail.com.

IF YOU VISIT AND DECIDE YOU DO NOT WANT FEEDBACK, COME LISTEN TO THE OTHER READERS, INSTEAD. EVEN LISTENING CAN BE HELPFUL.

To learn more about writing groups in Houston or signup, email rlnolen@hotmail.com


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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