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, YA...you name it. We share our writing before the monthly critique meeting, so the meeting itself is straight-up discussion. And our members are successful! You can also browse some of our publications.

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? After reading those guidelines above email your work to admin@ our domain, which is ebsffw.org. 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:

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 right below this box. Or come to one of our Craft Klatsches! Those are just for casual talk about all our writing careers.

Upcoming events (4+)

Novel Critique: The Healer's Path by Jen H.

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*PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE AND TIME*

Join us for a novel critique of Jen's untitled Regency Fantasy Romance! It's a partial manuscript critique: 75,000 words of an expected 105,000 word novel. To join one of our novel critiques, you must have already attended at least one of our monthly critique sessions.

The blurb: It's 1820 in England. On a normal day while collecting herbs, Enhancement Healer Phoebe Woodbury finds herself rescuing a family under attack by highwaymen on the road to her village, using her powers in a creative new way to help them. The Everton family members are grateful and she and her family befriend them. Nearly done with her training and ready to begin her own practice as an Enhancement Healer, Phoebe accepts the Evertons's offer of employment in their seaside town, Shoreland. But they are attacked again on the road and Nicholas Everton, a former cavalry officer wounded at Waterloo, realizes their assailants are using hawklights, ancient magical devices that had also been used during the Napoleonic Wars. Phoebe, Nicholas, the Evertons, and friends find themselves forced to fight a mysterious foe who is using dangerous and outlawed destruction magic. They race to discover the truth behind the attacks and the deeper reasons cloaked in dark history and war and social upheaval. Phoebe finds her magic growing in strange ways the farther she delves into her power, which she never expected, facing challenges that might ultimately destroy her, Nicholas Everton, and the world they know.

To familiarize yourself with our typical critique style, please read our Rules of Engagement: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

To attend, you must have a registered Zoom account. Enjoy Jen's story! I'm looking forward to our discussion.

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Berkeley Critique Session

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Come and critique our authors' work or have your speculative fiction work of 7,000 words or less critiqued by other writers in our friendly environment! Anyone can come and critique, but you can only submit a manuscript for critique if you have attended at least one Berkeley Critique Session before.

For the time being, we're continuing to hold our sessions via Zoom online conferencing software. You can access audio with just your phone, no internet required. Or for video and audio participation, use an Internet-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Please email Becca ([masked]) to request a critique slot. It's first come, first served, and you will need to follow the following guidelines to submit your story or excerpt: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ag4cvCJJQNDhyle3FIteMbaYKWUdf9swfnWHDwjXC_Y/pub

Just attending to critique? Two weeks before the meeting, links to the submissions and instructions for joining the session will be emailed from [masked] to members who have RSVPed yes. If you don't get this email, please check your junk email or promotional email folders.

Please RSVP no later than the Friday before the meeting so you can read the submissions!

Our rules of engagement explain the style of critique we use. Please read those here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

If your work is being critiqued, we ask that you send $5 to the Meetup organizer to help pay our Meetup dues. All other members are encouraged to come listen, critique, and meet other writers for free.

We do offer critiques for works longer than 7,000 words as well. But you have to attend, and then submit to, one of these monthly sessions first. Please feel free to ask a member of the admin team for more info.

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Novel Critique of "The Gate of Blood and Pearl" by Jennifer Snow

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Let's read an epic, adult fantasy novel with queer romance and cultivation: The Gate of Blood and Pearl. Length is about 110K words.

Book Description
Yisue is like any teenager, except that he is eight hundred years old, and a dragon. And the world is ending.

As Yisue seeks the answer to why he can’t seem to grow up, he discovers that as the world dies, so too do dragons die. The spirits of the world, yao, dragon, tiger, and phoenix, must choose to fight to remain who they are or let themselves become monsters as resentment surges and demons grow strong. Yisue’s quest to find the true source of his own nature brings his chosen family and the last cultivators of the world to the end of home and the destruction of their future. For Yisue, not only his life but his heart is at stake, and he and all those he loves must risk everything they have, body and soul, to take their last impossible chance for survival.

Possible triggers
Violence/gore, torture, abuse, parental death

Note: You must have attended either a novel or regular monthly critique session.

Berkeley Critique Session

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Come and critique our authors' work or have your speculative fiction work of 7,000 words or less critiqued by other writers in our friendly environment! Anyone can come and critique, but you can only submit a manuscript for critique if you have attended at least one Berkeley Critique Session before.

For the time being, we're continuing to hold our sessions via Zoom online conferencing software. You can access audio with just your phone, no internet required. Or for video and audio participation, use an Internet-enabled computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Please email Becca ([masked]) to request a critique slot. It's first come, first served, and you will need to follow the following guidelines to submit your story or excerpt: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ag4cvCJJQNDhyle3FIteMbaYKWUdf9swfnWHDwjXC_Y/pub

Just attending to critique? Two weeks before the meeting, links to the submissions and instructions for joining the session will be emailed from [masked] to members who have RSVPed yes. If you don't get this email, please check your junk email or promotional email folders.

Please RSVP no later than the Friday before the meeting so you can read the submissions!

Our rules of engagement explain the style of critique we use. Please read those here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RKp0hisz-RSZgE1xF65DzUhOwRQZ6JqwAJ5fbAwrCwU/edit?usp=sharing

If your work is being critiqued, we ask that you send $5 to the Meetup organizer to help pay our Meetup dues. All other members are encouraged to come listen, critique, and meet other writers for free.

We do offer critiques for works longer than 7,000 words as well. But you have to attend, and then submit to, one of these monthly sessions first. Please feel free to ask a member of the admin team for more info.

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