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 MattBayan@aol.com
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
Contact: cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org
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 jroman60@sbcglobal.net
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 flayrah@gmail.com
Details: Alternate Universe history group is forming. If interested, contact Thaynle for more information.


LOOKING FOR A CRITIQUE GROUP

Contact cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org to put your name ON or take your name OFF this list

Genre
On-going
Finish
Name
Contact Info
Details
 Ex: F
X
 
Sample Suzie
Ssemail@aol.edu
Would love to meet monthly, but anything is fine!
Ex. Romance
X
 
Sample Sam
Ssemail@aol.edu
92k word m/s, willing to read any genre
SF/F
 
X
Rene Averett
ruamor@sbcglobal.net
Will be looking for one around 11-30-18
Non-fiction X  
Allison Beardsley
allison@allisonbeardsley.com
Self-help Business and spirituality
Fiction X  
Tapo
gtc3rd@gmail.com
Women’s lit
Fiction X   Erin authorscarlettblack@gmail.com 
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 cgwrangler@highsierrawriters.org 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.