The Pros of Writers Joining a Critique Group

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The world of writing can be lonely, with authors often locked away in their own heads for long hours. Yet writers must develop the confidence to put their work out there, while still having the support of a community. This is where a critique group comes in. A critique group can be a valuable resource for writers of all skill levels and genres.

The first benefit of participating in a critique group is that they can provide writers with the feedback they need to grow and improve their craft. The group can offer constructive criticism on both the technical aspects, such as grammar and syntax, and content aspects, such as characterization, dialog, and plot and pacing. Furthermore, a critique group can often provide writers with a safe space to share their work without fear of criticism, provided all members have made a commitment to provide support and constructive advice.

Feedback from a critique group can often be more valuable than feedback from a single editor, as the group can offer perspectives from multiple points of view. This can be incredibly helpful when it comes to catching errors and making sure the work will appeal to a variety of readers. Furthermore, a critique group can help writers write with more confidence and clarity, as they better understand what works and what doesn’t before submitting their work to potential publishers or hitting that self-publish button on Amazon.

This leads to the second benefit of a critique group, which is the ability to collaborate on projects. Writers can often get stuck in a rut when it comes to finding inspiration and motivation and working with others can often help them break through these barriers. For instance, a writer may be struggling with a chapter in their novel but may have difficulty establishing distance and seeing it from a reader’s perspective. A critique group can provide the perfect solution, as working with others can often spark new ideas and provide fresh insight.


Finally, and perhaps most importantly, a critique group can provide a sense of community. Writers can often feel isolated from the world, as they work in solitude for long hours. A critique group can provide the perfect environment for networking, as well as for bonding and learning from other writers. Furthermore, being part of a critique group can also provide a feeling of accountability, as each member relies on one another to read, critique, and provide feedback.

Potential Cons

Although the pros of joining a critique group are numerous, there are some potential cons to consider. For example, some members may not be as invested as others, or may not provide the level of feedback you want or expect. Additionally, it is important to make sure that the group is comprised of members with different skills and backgrounds, as this can help to provide the most balanced and useful feedback. Some members may be more focused on the technical aspects of writing rather than the content, which can be counterproductive. Others can focus too much on specific parts of content, or can even introduce unnecessary bias, sensitivity, or feedback not needed in the early stages of drafting.

Overall, the pros of joining a critique group far outweigh any potential cons. Not only can a critique group provide valuable feedback on a writer’s work, but it can also help to foster collaboration, creativity, and community. For writers of all skill levels, a critique group can be an invaluable resource for growth and improvement.

Are you interested in joining a critique group or even leading one? Join us here at Idaho Writers Guild. We have groups just for our members, and we can help you find the group that is write (or rather, right) for you.

How many authors embark on this “career” hoping they can make it a few years, make a few bucks, and then go do something else? How many writers, even if they do create stories as a side gig or a hobby, tell you, “I think I will try this for a while, and then I will probably quit.”

But how many writers do you know who have quit? They’ve been discouraged by a critique group, discovered how hard “making a living” at writing is, or been rejected by countless publishers or agents, only to decide this “writing thing” is not for their thing.

You know them. You might be one of them. They look sad and feel defeated about their writing. Maybe they weren’t ready for the kind of feedback they got, or they encountered a group of jealous, green writers who took great pleasure in tearing them down so they could feel better.

But you probably know the opposite of that. Writers who embarked on this journey got discouraged and found a group, a mentor, and those who encouraged them and told them this writing thing is not only possible but also worthwhile. They persevered and achieved some kind of success, whatever that looked like to them.

The Lifelong Author

That’s the goal of our Idaho Writers Guild conference next year. We want to introduce you to those mentors and groups, but we want to do more than that. We want to teach you how to be that support system for others. We want you to hear from professionals who will give you tools that will enable you to understand what you want and need from your writing and how to get it.

In short, we want to help you not only improve your writing life and your writing business now, but we want to teach you how to be an author for life.

  • You’ll learn to define success.
  • You’ll learn how to determine how your writing career fits with your personality.
  • You’ll learn how to run your writing like a business without having to become an accountant, attorney, or tax specialist.
  • We’ll show you healthy habits that can keep your body healthy too, from eating right to taking time to exercise to the type of desk and chair you should look for.
  • And we’ll talk about ways to constantly improve your writing craft, and even use the latest technology to make you a better, faster writer who can have fun at the same time.

We’ll do all this because we want you to be a lifelong author. Because I want to be a lifelong author. Because I cannot imagine spending the rest of my life doing anything else.

Workshop Day, 2024

On April 11, 2024, we’re setting up a workshop that will speak to how to discover who you are as an author, determine your why for writing, find your definition of success, and set realistic goals to achieve those goals.

Stay tuned, as we’ll be announcing the speakers for the workshops and details on the subjects we’ll cover soon. This workshop will not only set the tone for the conference but for your blueprint to becoming a lifelong author because you need to know your why and your definition of success as soon as possible before you embark or go any further in your career.

All Star

An All-Star Cast of Presenters

Following that, on April 12th and 13th, we will have an all-star cast of presenters. The best in the industry will be here to talk to you about both the craft and the business of writing. We’ll cover topics from how to take your fiction to the next level to how to structure your business for success from the start.

We’ll talk about good writing habits, good life habits, and how to have both a passion that consumes you and a life that includes hobbies, time off, and even room for other people in your life.

In short, our presenters will walk you through everything from the many paths to publication to the many formats a story takes in today’s modern marketplace (and how you can make the best of them in your career), creating various streams of revenue to support yourself financially, and more.

This is a conference you won’t want to miss, and your friends will not want to miss out on either.  For now, save the date on your calendar. Early bird tickets will go on sale soon!

Want to Be a Part of the Lifelong Author Conference?

We’re looking for help because it takes a lot to put a conference together and make sure it runs smoothly. For now, we are looking for both general and specific volunteers (you can find the roles by visiting this page) who will help us during the conference.

We are also looking for presenters. If you have something to share related to being a lifelong author, we’d love to hear from you. You can find the details of what we are looking for by clicking on the button below and then submitting your ideas to the conference committee. We’ll be in touch soon!

We’re also looking for some more year-round volunteers to help with various aspects of running the Idaho Writers Guild. Find more information by following the button below. We’d love to welcome you as part of the team.

We hope to see all of you in April and at our various events throughout the year!

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