Critiques

SAWG hosts critique sessions most Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, but dates and locations sometimes change, so check the Facebook page and the Meetup schedules to be sure.

Members sign up in advance to have their work read. All other attendees may comment on and discuss plot, pacing, dialogue, and general writing craft. Non-members are welcome to critique; only members may schedule items for critique via earlier direct contact with the critique leader.

All genres are welcome.

Critique Guidelines

  • Each writer to be critiqued should check with the group leader in advance as to how many copies the group will need, and must provide that number. Maximum length is 10 pages, double-spaced, in Courier 10 point or Times New Roman 12 point font.
  • Before each piece is read, the author offers a brief introduction, including the genre and where in the work this piece occurs.
  • Another member will read the piece aloud to the group. This often helps the writer identify places that need attention.
  • The group will edit or write notes on their copies as necessary.
  • The person to the left of the reader begins with their comments on the piece. Comments continue around the table clockwise.
  • A participant may comment on the piece, pass, or confirm something already mentioned, without repeating it.
  • Each participant’s comments are limited to two minutes.
  • Comments should be constructive. The aim is to improve the writer’s work and craft. It’s important to spend time on the positive.
  • The author will not interrupt the critique, but may answer direct questions. At the end of the critique, the author may comment.
  • There will be no cross-talk among commentators.
  • Grammar, spelling, punctuation should be indicated on the paper copies, not mentioned the critique.
  • While feedback is intended to assist the writer, the author is not required to use any of the comments.