Hello and welcome to Critique This, a Meetup group for serious writers with serious goals. If you're looking for encouragement, direction, interesting discussions and writing support, you've found it!
When a writers' group really works, it can be the highlight of your week. I belonged to another writers' group for five years. Having others read and critique my work has contributed more to my growth as an author than any class or workshop. Reading and critiquing others' work, and the camaraderie that goes along with that, is equally rewarding.
It was hard to move on, but when the time came, I started this group (a little closer to home). I was afraid I'd never be able to recreate the supportive and cooperative atmosphere I enjoyed in my first group, but I shouldn't have worried. If anything, we have an even better balance of talent and warmth, critique and support.
To join this group, please submit a sample of your writing. Your submission should be no more than 3,000 words, 1 ½ spaced (to leave room for comments) and should have line numbers (for easy critiquing when we meet.) Send your sample using the contact link on the sidebar. If we have openings, you'll be notified within the week.
Once you're in the group, you can find additional information on our discussion board in two discussions, “Submission Guidelines” and "To Prepare for a Meeting. You can get helpful critique, suggestions and comments on your work as soon as this Saturday.
Feel free to contact me with any comments or questions.