Recently I did a post on Getting More from Writing Critique Groups. In that post I said that not everyone gets on with every group and that you should keep looking until you find one that works.
So to help with this quest, I have compiled a list of writing critique groups that might be helpful in a search. Some are duplicated which is not a bad thing if you look on duplication as another form of recommendation. Some are unlikely to be relevant because of location but will serve to illuminate options in your quest.
There can be no recommendation of one more than any other, since everyone’s style, genre, needs, ability, personality and desire are all different. The task of actually finding your grail is down to you.
Lists of critique groups on other sites
The Writer Magazine If you add up the groups then they have over 1100 groups listed. This site attempts to subdivide by location and genre but the data is incomplete so you have to trudge through the links. That aside it is a brilliant resource.
Links to Writers’ Workshops Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America’s link list of all things Critique. Good list, well worth a look.
Internet Writing Critique Groups Four groups listed as “Massive”, “Edgy”, “Competitive” and “Small but deadly serious”.
MWA-sponsored critique groups Open to members and non-members of MWA. These small groups demonstrate what might be available in your area, so don’t forget to contact your local library, book shops and community organisations for local information.
Writing-World.com This is a nice list of about 25 links, the plus point is that each site has an informed comment against the link. (Note; the list starts after the header list of articles about critiquing.)
Children’s & Educational; Resources & Links Completely out of my field with this, so I have listed Liana Mahoney’s informative link page. She lists some brilliant starting points for you to find out where else to ask and look.
Scribophile This site has a free and a paid membership, which is great since you can check it out with the free membership and upgrade if it works for you. It covers diverse genres and also has forum based community pages.
Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror This is a pay site, you do get the first month free to see if you fit in. I couldn’t see any other way to lurk and judge the site and competency of the reviewers, so they are still waiting for me to sign up. They may have a long wait.
Crit Partner Match Interesting Ning site generated by Kait Nolan. Basically it helps you find a critique buddy, oh, sorry, “Partner”. Importantly a critique partner satisfies a different development need in your novel and would work alongside a critique group. Remember to work with someone who stretches you.
Writing.com Free writer’s community and more than just a critique group. A good place to locate a critique buddy amongst other things. All genres covered.
Critique Circle Another free group with a fee based “Premium and Premium Gold” service. This site also has forum based community pages.
Critters Workshop Free site with a serious reputation. It restricts submissions to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror from “serious writers”. They are not as bad as they sound but expect to work for your supper.
Critters Critfinder Sub page on the Critter site facilitating finding a local critique group or critique buddy.
Great Writing (UK) Free critique and discussion community.
You Write On Free critique group sponsored by the English Arts Council. An additional benefit of this site is that top work receives additional expert scrutiny and promotion to publishing houses.
SF Novelist Critique group purely for “hard” science fiction. The first six months are free, after which the fees are about half what is generally charged.
Historical Romance Critique Group Quite an active group on a specialised genre. This group is on Yahoo groups which should be giving you the idea to check FaceBook and Google groups as well.
Historical Fiction Writers Critique Group Another very specific critique group on Yahoo. I must admit their “rules” put my back up slightly but then I don’t write historical fiction so it doesn’t matter. They may however be just what you are looking for.
Redroom and Authonomy. Both of these are slightly different from a straightforward critique group. However by placing your work with either of them, you are asking for it to be judged, so it would be remiss of me to omit either of them.
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