Critique Group Check-In

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Back in June we invited you to sign up for a critique group. Later that month groups were formed and suggestions were given as to how to get it started. We wanted to check in to see how things are going!

I know with my own group it has been tough to schedule times to “meet.” However, one great idea from a different group was to use Google Docs to share and comment. I thought this was brilliant. Everyone can then comment and share on their own time. Other groups have had great success meeting via Google Hangouts. So, how’s it going for you?

Here’s what a few readers had to say:

Amanda Villagomez blogged about her experience here. I took a little piece from her post to share about her critique group.

It also has a built in layer of accountability to myself as a writer. Once a month it will be my turn to share my writing, giving myself a deadline to make progress on something that otherwise might get lost in the shuffle of juggling career and family.

Catherine Flynn shared with me the importance of a schedule.

In spite of different family obligations and travel schedules, we met regularly through Google Hangout over the summer, and have a schedule for the fall. Although we all are working, knowing I have a “date” with them every other Sunday evening is a great motivator.

Amy Clancy talked about her experience and her hope for the future.

I wish I could say the one I was in was successful, but it was not. I’d like to try it again in the future though!

There were several of you who responded to my request for stories, via email, about your experience. It sounds like many who signed up were not able to commit to setting a schedule or in general it just didn’t work. Then there were the emails of success stories. I was encouraged and also sorry that not all groups could share this same success. That leads me to the next piece of this post. What can we do to encourage or improve your experience?

Fill out the form below and let us know what’s working and what isn’t!