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Tips for Constructive Critiques

Please also see the SF Writer Workshop Rules, compiled by Jaye Lawrence

Online Writers Workshop: How to Review
Although OWW is an online workshop, much of the excellent advice here also applies to the face-to-face workshop experience. In particular, see the sections on Giving Reviews and Getting Reviews.

Writer Amy Sterling Casil's Hardcore Critique Advice
This article contains concrete advice for reviewing specific elements of a story: plot, narrative hook, characterization, point of view, style, etc.

The Diplomatic Critiquer
Andrew Burt, the 'Critter Captain' of the Critters online critique group, offers his tips for polite, tactful critiques.

Critiquing the Wild Writer: It's Not What You Say, But How You Say It

Another helpful lesson in diplomacy from Andrew Burt.

How to Critique Fiction by Victory Crayne
Another great checklist of things to look for and consider as you read someone's work.

Untitled Writers Group Rules
NOTE: This one is included largely because I got such a laugh out of Rule 4 ("The author being critiqued can choose to hide behind -- er, I mean hold -- a large teddy bear.") and Rule 7 ("Members who fail to turn in a manuscript for critiquing three meetings in a row receive the Object of Shame. They must display the object of shame at their place of work and explain to all why they have this thing.")!! Includes links to photos of both.

Schrodinger's Petshop Rules of Critiquing
In addition to actual rules for critiquing and being critiqued, see the helpful Rules of Order like "Absolutely no blood on the carpet, or on any latex flat-painted surface."

Compiled by Jaye Lawrence 3/06

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
MinnSpec Podcast May 6, 2012 6:20 PM Abra
Maps August 17, 2006 12:45 PM Hilary Moon M.
Leadership FAQ August 18, 2006 3:39 PM Hilary Moon M.
Files FAQ April 19, 2007 6:24 PM Hilary Moon M.
Some Other Useful Websites for Local Writers January 26, 2012 9:20 AM Hilary Moon M.
Events FAQ July 3, 2009 10:51 PM Cjad E.
SF Writer Workshop Rules June 5, 2007 8:34 AM Hilary Moon M.
Tips for Constructive Critiques August 19, 2006 8:19 PM Hilary Moon M.
Official FAQ July 3, 2009 10:43 PM Cjad E.
About MinnSpec -- Minnesota Speculative Fiction Writers January 9, 2015 8:44 PM Michael M.

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