critique group

If there was one thing that the editors and agents at our conferences agreed on, it was that you should be a member of a critique group and get others ideas about your manuscript. And spouses, relatives and/or friends do not count. We try to make it painless, but we want to help you make your MS publishable. Critique circles are free to members. Visitors are welcome on a one-time basis. After that, membership is required. Bring ten double-space line-numbered pages with your name and email in the header to read. Our nearly daily critique meetings are devoted to helping each other polish manuscripts for publication. Many of our members are published. There are usually 5-8 people at our circles. For more information, write us at houstonwritersguild@hotmail.com. See schedules at bottom of page and a slide deck on getting the most out of Critique Circles.

HWG Believes That Effective Critique Circles Embody:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Shared Purpose
  • Established Ground Rules
  • Sharing of Challenges
  • Presentation of Best Work
  • Encouragement
  • Differing Perspectives
  • Caring About Work of Others
  • Commitment
  • Timeliness
  • Strong Leadership

As Critique Circle Members, We Commit To:

  • Giving Fearless Feedback
  • Not Forgetting To Include the Positive
  • Being Tough on the Writing But Tender on the Person
  • Listening and Not Speaking When Accepting Feedback
  • Offering Constructive and Specific Feedback
  • Focusing on the Big Issues Verbally (and Using a Checklist to Remind Us What’s Important)
  • Following Our Circle’s Rules/Standards
  • Honesty and Trustworthiness
  • Respecting the Time of Others
  • Critiquing as Requested
  • Consistent and Timely Participation
  • Removing Ourselves From Circles Where We Can’t Add Value
  • Dealing With Problematic Behaviors

WRITERS CRITIQUE CIRCLE SCHEDULE:

Mondays: 2nd Monday of each month the Heights group meets at the Heights Library from 6-7:45 p.m.  You can email Denise Satterfield at denfield97@aol.com if this part of town works for you. NEW DAYS ADDED FOR THE HEIGHTS GROUP. 3rd and 4th Monday of each month in the Heights group will meet at the home of Rebecca Nolen beginning in January 2015.  Contact denfield97@aol.com if interested. Wednesdays: Pamela Fagan Hutchins hosts a weekly group at her home in Meyerland from 7-10.  Contact her at pamela@pamelahutchins.com for the specific guidelines as they like to preview the work before the session. Fern Brady’s group meets at Ninfa’s restaurant off of Memorial between Eldridge and Dairy Ashford in the Energy Corridor area every Wednesday from 7:00-9:30 p.m. contact fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com The 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month Rosemary Miller hosts a group at her house in the Deerpark/Pasedena area from 7-9 p.m.  Contact her at rosemary.miller@att.net Thursdays: Every Thursday, Laura Elvebak hosts a group in the Galleria area that meets at the YMCA on Augusta between Woodway and San Felipe.  Group starts at 6:30 p.m.  For more information you can contact her at levebak@sbcglobal.net Also every week, Monica Stanton hosts a Thursday night session at her home in the Spring-Willowbrook Area from 7-10 p.m.  You can contact her at whitecrossesofhouston@gmail.com Saturday: We have one Saturday group that meets weekly at Lynne Gregg’s home in the Westchaise are from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  This is a very popular group and is usually very full.  Her contact information is lgregg1823@yahoo.com Nannette Chapman will host a suspense writers circle in West Houston, near Westpark Tollway and Highway. Time/Day TBD. New: Intensive Critique Group Seeks Members – Houston Heights New: Intensive Critique Group Seeks Members – Houston Heights – Long-form fiction only, crime or upmarket preferred – Meet every other Saturday afternoon in the Heights – 4-5 members – 25-50 pages max per meeting (higher page count if fewer members) – Honest, thoughtful, constructive critique required each session from each member. Non-defensive discussion encouraged. – 6-month initial commitment (Time to get through 1 major work.) – Candidates will submit a 5-page writing sample to ensure “fit” Upmarket fiction and crime are preferred because existing members can give richest critique on those, and need that perspective most from our critique partners. No childrens or non-fiction, please. If interested, please email a 5-page writing sample of the piece you’ll work in this group to HeightsWriters@gmail.com. We hope we are a great fit!