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Berkeley Critique Session
The manuscripts to critique for this session have been sent to members who RSVPed two weeks before the meeting. If you did not receive them or are signing up to come after that cutoff date, please contact one of the hosts, so we can send you the link. This meeting will be at the South Berkeley Library. Please read our directions to the meeting rooms and rules of engagement ( The critique fee for submitting authors is five dollars per author, due at the beginning of the meeting, to defray MeetUp costs. You need not be a submitting author to attend, listen, critique, and meet other writers. If you have a work that is too long for our regular meetings (longer than 7,000 words), and would like it critiqued in its entirety, speak with our organizers at one of our meetings so we can arrange something for you.

Berkeley Library - South Branch

1901 Russell Street at MLK · Berkeley, CA

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What we're about

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 monthly critique 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:

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Have you come to a meeting and are ready to submit? Email your work to after reading those guidelines above. Our admin team will fit your shorter fiction or excerpts (<7,000 words) into the critique queue, and you have to submit once to our regular monthly session before we'll schedule a critique of your larger work (>7,000 words).

Lately, we've had a waitlist for critiques - you can see how far ahead we are scheduling them here:

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

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It's not that complicated, we promise. Any questions left? Just send one of the organizers a message. We are listed right below this box. Or come to one of our Craft Klatsches! Those are just for casual talk about all our writing careers.

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