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Welcome to EBSFFW! The group is open to anyone 18 years old or older who is writing in the genre or who enjoys it enough to read other people's writing and provide serious and supportive critique. What kind of writing? Screenplays, novels, short stories, name it. We share our writing before the meeting, so the meeting itself is straight-up discussion. 

Interested in submitting? The first step is coming to a meeting! We want to make sure you're familiar with EBSFFW's style of critique and that you're a real, live human before we accept manuscripts to send on to our members. We don't have too many rules about what you can submit, but we do offer short fiction and novel critiques at different times. Here are the full submission guidelines:

Submission Guidelines

Have you come to a meeting and are ready to submit? Email your work to Our admin team will fit you into the critique queue. We don't currently have a waitlist, but if we do, you can see how far ahead we are scheduling critiques here:

Critique Queue

Finally, just how do we critique work at EBSFFW? Take the time to look over our Rules of Engagement:

Rules of Engagement 

It's not that complicated, we promise. Any questions left? Just send one of the organizers a message. We are listed to the left of this page.

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  • August 7 · 1:30 PM

    Berkeley Critique Session

    11 Writers | 4.00

    The submission queue is closed for this meeting! You are welcome to attend still, and you can download the manuscripts to be critiqued below. If this is your first time... Learn more

  • July 31 · 2:00 PM

    Novel Reading: After Lands

    7 Writers | 3.00

    We have another novel reading opportunity! Brad Erickson offers up After Lands for your (and my) critique. Here is the beginning of his query/synopsis: AFTER LANDS (... Learn more

  • July 2 · 1:30 PM

    Berkeley Critique Session

    12 Writers | 5.00

    Here are the readings for our Saturday, 7/2, critique group meeting! First chapters of Blood of the Hunter’s Dawn, by Kara, a novel. Shailen’s Dance, by Jennifer, a... Learn more

  • June 19 · 1:00 PM

    Saint's Scales novel review

    8 Writers | 4.50

    "For a thousand years, the Saints, great machine-gods, have carved out the Archives. For the last five hundred, the Church of the Word has vied with the free engineers... Learn more

  • June 11 · 1:30 PM

    Berkeley Critique Session - June

    12 Writers

    *** NOTE LOCATION AND TIME:  BPL South, Community Meeting Room, Saturday. Walk inside and head immediately to your left. All comers are welcome as long as you feel you... Learn more

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