Where Do You Find Critique Partners?

25 Feb

One of the librarians stopped me on my way to book club yesterday to tell me the library was going to start a literary critique group in April. Finally! She’s been pushing for this for a while and I’ve told her I’ll support it when she finally got the red tape torn down. Now it finally seems that it’s happening!

This got me thinking about good critiques and how helpful they can be for writers. I’m fortunate enough to have my own little critique group, my Novel Girls friends. We get together about twice a month to go over each other’s work. Our next meeting is tonight and I’m so excited because I’m sharing the second-to-last section of my first novel. We’re so close to the end!

I’ve found a few other critique groups that have been instrumental in my growth as a writer. Both of them I found from the website Meetup. If you’re not familiar with this website, I recommend checking it out. Meetup is not just for writing, it’s for people with all sorts of interests to find others in their areas with those interests and join together to share experiences. I’ve used it for hiking, book clubs, and, of course, writing. Some groups are focused on critique, others on workshops and still others on writing together. I think all of these are useful because they introduce you to other writers. I met my Novel Girls in a prompt-writing group, the same one where I met an alpha reader.

In my strive to edit, I’m always looking for new ways to find critique partners. How have you found critique partners? Are there forums in which you’ve met people who have helped you make your writing better? Have you had success with Meetup? Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, I love hearing from you!

Until next time, write on.

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2 Responses to “Where Do You Find Critique Partners?”

  1. Michelle Mueller February 25, 2014 at 1:30 PM #

    I sort of stumbled into my critique group by accident (I met one of my current group members via an MMORPG), but it’s seriously one of the best things that’s happened to me as a writer. We’re spread out all over the planet at the moment, so we only meet over Skype, but they’ve been a great help to my overall writing process. I’m finally getting things done!

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    • Sam February 25, 2014 at 2:16 PM #

      That’s awesome! I’ve found that people who share my interests are the best critique partners so finding them in that forum is a great stroke of luck!

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