Etiquette for Critique Groups
Here’s Elizabeth Buhmann’s take on critique groups from Austin Mystery Writers…
We all know the importance of getting feedback from other writers, not just from friends and family. For many writers, that feedback comes from a critique group.
Last summer, Sisters in Crime hosted a meeting about etiquette for critique groups with special guest Tim Green, from St. Edwards University. Members of several local critique groups joined the discussion. The following guidelines and suggestions emerged.
Professor Green offered a general framework for face-to-face critiques. First the writer speaks, then readers take turns offering their comments. Finally, the whole group can engage in a general discussion, summarizing what they agree about and answering each other’s questions.
- The writer can introduce her work briefly, explaining what she’s trying to accomplish, whether her draft is rough or finished, and what kind of feedback she wants.
- Readers should begin with the strengths of the piece (‘What works for me is…’) and move to questions…
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