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Title: What critique group system works best?
Post by: pmccleery on December 13, 2013, 03:49 PM
I'm curious about what kind of critique group has worked best for those of you who write MG and Chapter books.  We're starting a new group and want to set up a system that works fairly and without potentially overwhelming us each month. We currently have five members. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: What critique group system works best?
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on December 17, 2013, 06:20 AM
Check out the articles at Yellapalooza.

It depends on the group members. Some people like to read out loud at the meeting. Some like to read and critique prior to the meeting and present the critiques at the meeting.

Here's my standard agenda.

1. Confirm date for next meeting and set a tentative date for the following meeting.
2. Critiques.
3. News and notes - this is where we talk about accomplishments and upcoming conferences etc.

Since not everyone makes each meeting, I send a follow up e-mail so people will know what they missed. It's more of an article than minutes. We meet once a month at a set location.

Set up your parameters as a group. Give yourselves about six months of trying them out and then revisit. You can always change what's not working.
Title: Re: What critique group system works best?
Post by: Lill on December 17, 2013, 06:55 AM
Is this an online or in-person group?