What exactly is a critique group? Are they worthy of your time? Keep on reading to learn more.
A critique group is composed of a few writers who evaluate one another's work. They often meet once or twice a month. Some groups may meet virtually, as well. The meetings usually take place at a home, local library, a coffee shop or restaurant.
The purpose of a critique group is to encourage, support, and inspire its members, as well as show them ways to improve their writing.
There is no right or wrong way to structure the meetings, but time should be allowed for reading, note taking, correction, and discussion. Each meeting has a leader to keep things focused and on track.
There are numerous benefits, such as:
- Motivate you to write so you have something to share with the group
- Encourage you to submit your material to a publisher, as it will help build your confidence
- Inform you of various markets for submission
- Make you more objective about your work as you see it through the eyes of others
- Allow you to develop friendships with other writers in your area