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Articles on Critiquing
Finding or Creating a Writer's Workshop Group
http://www.sff.net/people/lucy-snyder/brain/2005/05/finding-or-creating-writers-workshop.html
Good tips on how to set up and maintain a group.

Hardcore Critique Advice
http://www.crayne.com/download/casiltip.txt
An excellent article by Amy Sterling Casil on how to write an effective critique.

How to Critique Fiction
http://www.crayne.com/howcrit.html
Most critique groups recommend this article by Victory Crayne as the reference to review before undertaking a critique, as well as to help you interpret critiques of your own work.

Critique and Writing Groups
Children's F&SF Writers
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Childrens-FandSF-Writers/info
For writers of middle grade and young adult fantasy and science fiction.

Critters Workshop
http://critters.org/
This highly recommended workshop focuses primarily on speculative fiction (though it offers other workshops as well). The site offers sample critiques, tips on critiquing and participating in a group, and market information (including the "Black Hole" page that lists response times for speculative fiction markets). Considered a high-intensity group with high workload demands.

The Desk Drawer
http://www.winebird.com/
An e-mail writing group that posts weekly writing exercises for members to complete, share and critique.

Inked Voices
https://www.inkedvoices.com
A web service that helps writers find, form and run small critique groups online. Find other writers who share your goals and exchange work in private, invitation-based groups.

Internet Writing Workshop
http://www.internetwritingworkshop.org/
A workshop open to all styles and genres of writing, including fiction and nonfiction, long and short works. Must remain an active member to stay enrolled.

LadiesWhoCritique.com
http://www.LadiesWhoCritique.com
A free critique partner match-making service for female writers.

Los Angeles Writers Group
http://www.lawritersgroup.com/
A writing community where you can get free online writing assignments or writing prompts; a place to make new writing contacts and friends.

NovelPro
http://www.novelpro.com/Home.html
A workshop for serious authors who have completed a novel of 60,000 words or more. Guidelines for participation are strict; this is not for "would-be" novelists.

Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
http://sff.onlinewritingworkshop.com/index.shtml
A fee-supported workshop hosted online.

Preditors and Editors: Writing Workshops
http://pred-ed.com/pubwork.ht

Quantum Muse
http://www.quantummuse.com/submissions.php
A SF/fantasy zine and online writer's group; stories selected from the group are published in the zine. Members must critique to earn submission credits to be critiqued. Includes messaging system to discuss critiques and a forum for general discussion.

Review Fuse
http://www.reviewfuse.com

Rom-Critters
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Rom-Critters/info
Critique group for writers who are "actively and seriously pursuing a career in romance writing." Note that this is an "age-restricted" group and requires one be over 18 and to have a Yahoo account to sign in.

Scribophile
http://www.scribophile.com/
This group is described as being for committed writers and offering serious feedback. One must critique to receive critiques. Open to all types of writing; also offers regular contests.

SF Novelist
http://www.sfnovelist.com/index.htm
A critique group for writers of "hard sf" novels.

SFWA: Workshops
http://www.sfwa.org/category/workshops-and-critique-groups/
Links to speculative fiction critique groups and workshops.

Swirl and Swing
http://swirlandswinginformation.wordpress.com/
A private peer critique group centered around a weekly assignment. Welcomes serious writers of all types with a particular interest in poets.

theNextBigWriter
http://www.thenextbigwriter.com
A writing community where you post your work, receive exposure to thousands of readers, and get guaranteed feedback. The readers determine who receives paid publishing contracts and $5,000 novel award.

WriteRomance
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Writeromance/
"Our goal is to polish our manuscripts for publication, and whether we are published or unpublished, we are serious about creating strong novels that capture the interest of editors and romance readers alike."

Writers' Infusion
http://www.writersinfusion.com/
This is a live critique group that you can submit to (free). Each critique is filmed, so you can watch the group comment on and/or dissect your story on-screen (without actually having to be there in person).

Writing to Publish
http://www.cuebon.com/ewriters/index.html

ZALSO
http://zalso.proboards.com/
Critiques, writing competitions, blogs, general discussion and more.

Discussion Groups
BookBuffet
http://www.bookbuffet.com
A literary website directed at book groups, with news, author interviews, book reviews and information, and member tools to help book groups communicate, organize, research, archive the books they read.

CataList, the Official Catalog of LISTSERV Lists
http://www.lsoft.com/lists/listref.html
Produced the best results from a search on "writer" or "writing."

Google Groups
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!overview

Literary Discussion Lists
http://thinkers.net/Literary_Discussion/

Mike's Writing Workshop
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mikeswritingworkshop/info
Hosted by award-winning writer/journalist Michael P. Geffner, this lively discussion forum of over 6,500 members has been voted among the best resource sites in the annual Preditors & Editors poll. It's friendly to all writing genres and emphasizes camaraderie; the sharing of instruction, information, and inspiration; and positive thinking and constructive criticism.

Mystery Writer's Forum
http://mwf.ravensbeak.com/
Discussion forums for mystery writers.

Todays-Woman.net
http://www.todayswriting.com/
"A community for men and women over 18, where over 380 writers/poets/columnists meet and exchange ideas, contest, rate and review and help each other succeed in the writing industry."
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Recommended Reading


The Art & Necessity of Critique

Coffee and Ink: How a Writers Group Can Nourish Your Creativity

How to Start and Run a Writers' Critique Group

The Online Writing Conference: A Guide for Teachers and Tutors

No Red Pen: Writers, Writing Groups & Critique

Writing Alone and with Others

Writing Alone, Writing Together

The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide

The Writing Group Book

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