In my last entry, I spoke about the Writers Critique Group I am hoping to be a part of.
In the comments section myrdog asked: How does the group work and whose work do you critique?
Good question! I'll explain a little about Writers Critique Groups, as I know there are those of you who would like to be published someday.
A critique group works when a small group of writers get together. This could be perhaps four to ten writers. In some groups, the writers range from beginner to professional (published). At a meeting (often monthly), one of the members of the group (whose turn has been predetermined) reads a piece of his work aloud. This work could be the next piece of the book he is working on, the next magazine article he would like to see published or a sample of his poetry, for example.
Members then take turns critiquing. The group often doesn't exist for line by line editing, such as where to put commas. But instead, constructive criticism is given concerning the overall piece of writing that the member is reading that day. Perhaps the critiquing members, for example, may point out what can make the work clearer or more interesting to an audience. If your piece is fictional, than characters, plots, and what is working and not working in your story may be discussed with you.
At the next meeting somebody else's work is critiqued. Some groups have the writer send his sample of literature to other members a week before the next group so all members will have had time to read it before group.
After pondering seriously, if you think you would like to join a local Writers Critique Group, you may have to do a little hunting to find one. To find a group, first see if there is a Writer's Group in your town or nearby. They are often listed in the newspaper. Most local Writer's Groups sponsor Writers Critique Groups as an outgrowth of themselves. You could also call your local library, large bookstore or local college; they may know where writing groups meet.
If there are no Writer Critique Groups in your area consider starting one! While googling I found this article: How to start a Writer's Critique Group. This seems like a pretty hardball group, but will give you some guidelines!
I also found three books on starting Writers Critique Groups. They are:
I hope this entry was helpful.
If joining a group is not for you, that's okay too. Whatever works for you is what's best.
If you have a dream to be published someday, I hope you follow your dreams!
Love you all, Krissy :)