Critique Groups

Nicole Frens is the HSW Critique Group wrangler. She will assist members in finding a critique group in the desired genre and help to set up a new group. Critique groups are a great benefit of being a High Sierra member as your group partners can help you to find problems in your story or your writing and make it better. You will do likewise for them. You need to be open to constructive criticism and suggestions as well as being open-minded and fair in your critiques as well. 

To help Nicole in placing people in groups, she’s created a list showing our current groups, if they are accepting new members, and a list of people looking for a critique group.

Critique Groups

If there is contact info on a group you’d like to join, feel free to make the connection. If there is no contact info, that group is currently closed.

Genre: Any             Open to New: Yes             Frequency: Weekly
Contact: Matt
Details: Drop-in group, come as often as you’d like or whenever you need it. Writing is read aloud (not pre-read by group). MUST contact Matt to let him know if you plan to come, then he will let you know by meeting date if it is on that week!

Genre: SF/F             Open to New: No           Frequency: 2x/month
Contact: Mark

Genre: Fiction          Open to New: No          Frequency: Weekly
Contact: Charles

Genre: SF/F/YA       Open to New: No         Frequency: Monthly
Contact: Nicole

Genre: Romance      Open to New: No          Frequency: Monthly
Contact: Sue

Genre: Fiction       Open to New:  No             Frequency : Monthly
Contact: Jodie

Genre: YA/SF/contemp.    Open to New: No       Frequency: 2x/month
Contact: Rachel

Genre: Finish       Open to New: Yes                Frequency: Monthly
Details: Full novel FINISH GROUPS are always forming! Contact us now to get a beta reader group for your manuscript.

Genre: Mystery     Open to New: Yes             Frequency: 2x/month
Contact: Jerry
Details: Mystery Writers group is open to adding one or two more members. If interested, contact Jerry for details and next meeting date.

Genre: History/ AU Open to New: Yes             Frequency: TBD
Contact: Thaynle
Details: Alternate Universe history group is forming. If interested, contact Thaynle for more information.

Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy Finish Group  – Open to New: Yes           Frequency: Monthly
Contact: Rene Averett
Details: Begins in December 2018. Read one book monthly and provide critique on that book until all members books are read. Contact Rene for more information.


Contact to put your name ON or take your name OFF this list

Contact Info
 Ex: F
Sample Suzie
Would love to meet monthly, but anything is fine!
Christian Fiction
Open to reading other genres
Fantasy   X   Christine Smith
After HSW Meeting or in Yerington or Dayton
Non-fiction X  
Allison Beardsley
Self-help Business and spirituality
Fiction   X
Women’s lit finish group
Fiction X   Erin 
Erotic Romance

If you’re looking for a group:

  1. Check to see if a group that fits your needs is already meeting AND open to new members. If so – contact the lead person and discuss the possibility of you joining them.
  2. If no group is open that meets your needs, then check the list of those looking for a group to see if one or more people would be a good fit. Contact them if so!
  3. If you find no group, and no match (or not enough people to form a group), then contact Nicole at to get your name on the list for others to see.

How to form a Critique Group:

  1. Connect with the other potential members by email
  2. SOMEONE needs to lead the charge and suggest a meeting time/place (house, coffee shop, B&N, park, etc.)
  3. First meeting can be to just introduce yourselves, or read aloud a sample page for critique, or pre-pass around a selection to be read in advance and get cracking with critiquing!
  4. Update Critique Group Wrangler Nicole with your new group details so you can be taken off the ‘looking’ list, and put on the ‘group’ list, either as open for new members or not.