What Critique Groups do for Your Writing Life
by Ingrid Keriotis
If we wish to have a creative component in our lives, we should be willing to put our work out there once in a while, for good or bad, and say “Here it is.”
Sierra Writers Guidelines for Starting a Critique Group
- Decide what you want. What kind of writing do you do regularly? Do you write blog posts, correspondence, grant proposals, or social media narratives? What are your writing goals?
- Look for interested people. Network at a Sierra Writers Conference, ask at the Madelyn Helling Library, and study group guidelines on SierraWriters.org.
- Talk to other writers who attend a critique group. Better yet, attend an existing group to get a sense of how it is structured.
- Start small. Establish ground rules before inviting new members.