Critique Group Decision Questions

I gave a talk last weekend about Critique Groups, how to start them, what to expect, what to look for. During this talk I had people fill out decision trees to help them understand what they needed from a critique group. I’m going to put it up here so that other people can use it to figure out what they want before starting or join a group. Hope it’s helpful.

Critique Group Decision Tree

1. Does it matter if the group is online or in person?

  1. Online
  2. In person
  3. Doesn’t matter

 2. What kind of writing do you do?

  1. YA
  2. MG
  3. Chapter book
  4. PB
  5. Poetry/Verse
  6. Multiple
  7. Other, please specify

 3. Do you want to be in a same genre group or is a mixed genre group interesting to you?

  1. Same genre
  2. Mixed genre
  3. Depends. Please explain _____________________________________________

4. How experienced are you?

  1. Beginner
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced, have won contests, multiple mss or other
  4. Published

5. Are you looking for a social group or a group to help you move to the next level of writing?

  1. Social
  2. Strictly writing
  3. Mixture

6. How far are you willing to travel?

Note:  groups can rotate between locations or can pick a middle location to meet.

  1. five miles
  2. ten miles
  3. fifteen
  4. twenty
  5. more

7. How often would you like to meet?

  1. once a week
  2. every two weeks
  3. once a month
  4. other. Please explain _________________________________________________

 8. Do you want an open (open to all writers) or closed (only a select few) group?

  1. Open
  2. Closed

9. What is the ideal number of members you envision in your group?

  1. three
  2. four
  3. five
  4. six
  5. more

10. What issues are important to you in a critique group?

  1. type of writing
  2. level of writing
  3. shared vision
  4. shared goals
  5. compatibility
  6. trust

11. What strengths do you bring to the group?


    12. What do you hope to gain from joining a group?



~ by Gwen Dandridge on June 28, 2010.

2 Responses to “Critique Group Decision Questions”

  1. Cool, I like this list. I am interested in starting/joining a critique group since my old one dismantled due to busy schedules but I don’t quite know how to begin. Once you’ve determined what you’re looking for, do you have advice on where to start looking?

  2. Thanks. Yes, I have lots of advice. I’ll post it in a day or so. Mostly it means spending time in various writerly classes and such. Sometimes you can find people on line. You’ve just encouraged me to put up the whole thing I wrote about critique groups. 🙂

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