Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Finding a Critique Group Online
After all, isn't that part of what the internets are for?
Having spent some time online trying to find a critique group, here are three suggestions for free online resources to start your search.
Nathan Bradford's Forums
Nathan Bradford is a San Francisco based agent who also has a good, informative blog. He then did something truly cool by creating a Forums section to his web site so writers could have a space to write to one another on various topics. Sections include "All Things Writing", "All Things Finding an Agent", and "All Things Feedback". I've spent some time in the Feedback section, reading and critiquing queries. Based on some of the other critiques I've read, I know who I'd like to be in a critique group with. (I've sent some of them personal messages asking about their availability)
Another place to receive and read critiques is over at Critique Circle. New members offer critiques of writings that have been posted and receive credit for having done so. Once members receive enough credits, they are able to post their own writing for critique. It's a good way to ensure someone isn't just posting their writing and not contributing to the community.
Forward Motion has two options in their Forums: a Private Critique Circles forum (for those currently in a FM critique group) and a Roving Crits Board (for writers not in a FM critique group). It appears people are looking for critique groups there as well as in the Critique Connection Forums.
All three sites have a simple, free registration process and a separate area for new members to read how the site works and how to play nicely with others.
Do you have any sites to add? Please do so in the Comments!