Speed City Sisters in Crime Critique Group
Critique Group Guidelines
The group meets at 10 a.m. the fourth Saturday via a Zoom connection.
Send your stories or chapters — 20 pages max — to Russ Eberhart at email@example.com at least one week before the meeting so members have time to read and critique. Russ will add your name to the invitation list to the Zoom meeting.
We have 60 minutes to critique the monthly submissions and will divide that number approximately by the number of submissions.
There will be a limit of 20 pages for submission, but it's okay if there's another page or two to a chapter.
You may request what type of feedback you would like:
Please follow the guideline below when critiquing the works of others:
Critique Group Guideline:
Please focus on providing critique, rather than criticism.
Merriam-Webster defines the noun critique as “a careful judgment in which you give your opinion about the good and bad parts of something (such as a piece of writing or a work of art)”
In general, criticism is judgmental and focused on finding fault, while critique is descriptive and balanced.
In the Sisters in Crime Critique Group, we are all learning our craft by providing and receiving feedback from others. While both criticism and critique are forms of feedback, it should be obvious that critique provides a better learning environment.
Remember, it's your work being critiqued and your decision whether or not you make changes based on the critiques. However, if more than one person brings up the same problems with your manuscript, it might be wise to take another look at those areas.
Send your submission for critique with enough time for the members of the the group to read them--a week or two is okay.
Send requests for membership in the critique group and submissions to Russ Eberhart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
He will send your submission to all members of the group. He will need the email address you prefer to use.