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.
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
Genre: Fiction Open to New: No Frequency: Weekly
Genre: SF/F/YA Open to New: No Frequency: Monthly
Genre: Romance Open to New: No Frequency: Monthly
Genre: Fiction Open to New: No Frequency : Monthly
Genre: YA/SF/contemp. Open to New: No Frequency: 2x/month
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: Mystery Writers group is open to adding one or two more members. If interested, contact Jerry for details and next meeting date.
Genre: Memoir Open to New: YES Frequency: 1st Saturday Monthly
Contact: Alice Brook Read Aloud – 9:30 am
TMCC Red Mountain Building
Genre: History/ AU Open to New: No Frequency: TBD
Details: Alternate Universe history group.
Genre: Children – Open to New: Yes Frequency: Monthly
Contact: Sue Hauth email@example.com
Details: Children’s books critique group
Genre: Fiction Cult – Open to New: Yes Frequency: Monthly
Contact: Danielle firstname.lastname@example.org
Details: Deals with characters forced into a cult-like village that is run by a rich man, and they are trapped. It has drama, a bit of mystery.
Genre: Urban fantasy/ Paranormal Open to new: Yes Frequency: Monthly
Contact: Donna – contact Nicole at email@example.com
Details: Donna plans for a read aloud group where you critique on the spot. If interested, contact Nicole, who will pass your email to Donna.
LOOKING FOR A CRITIQUE GROUP
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to put your name ON or take your name OFF this list
Looking for Group
O=On-going F=Finish Group
Genre O or F Name Contact Details
Children’s Lit O Sebiya email@example.com Contact for info
Christian Fiction O Karla firstname.lastname@example.org Open to reading
Fantasy O Christine email@example.com After HSW Mtg. or
Memoir/Faith O Tim Post Timpostlaw@yahoo.com Contact for info
Fiction F Tapo firstname.lastname@example.org Women’s lit finish
Erotic Fiction O Erin email@example.com Contact for Info
Mystery O Jay Levitt firstname.lastname@example.org Must be weekend
YA/Sci Fi O Bettina email@example.com Afternoons/evenings
Sci-Fi O Megan firstname.lastname@example.org Open
If you’re looking for a group:
- 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.
- 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!
- If you find no group, and no match (or not enough people to form a group), then contact Nicole at email@example.com to get your name on the list for others to see.
How to form a Critique Group:
- Connect with the other potential members by email
- SOMEONE needs to lead the charge and suggest a meeting time/place (house, coffee shop, B&N, park, etc.)
- 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!
- 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.