The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback

The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback

by Becky Levine

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Trying to Finish Your Book? There's Strength in Numbers

Whether you're trying to revise your novel or polish up an article to pitch to magazines, it pays to have a few sets of eyes look over your work. But, how can you be sure you're getting an unbiased and objective opinion?

A writing critique group may be the answer you're looking for, and this book arms you with everything you need to find a group that suits your specific writing needs. Whether you're looking to join an existing group or start one of your own, you'll learn how to:

   • Find compatible critique partners
   • Develop your "editor's eye" and analyze writing like a professional
   • Construct organized and well thought-out critiques
   • Give and receive constructive feedback
   • Run efficient critique meetings and maintain a good group dynamic
   • Apply the feedback you receive to your own writing and make revisions
Complete with worksheets, sample critiques and examples, The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide gives you tools to hone your editing skills and deepen your understanding of how to revise your own work as well as someone else's. With the help of this guide your writing critique group can be a helpful resource for you and your writing partners for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599631677
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/18/2009
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Becky Levine is a writer, freelance editor, and speaker. A past columnist for WritersTalk, the newsletter of the California Writers Club, South Bay branch. Becky is currently a book reviewer for The Horn Book Guide and has written feature for newspapers such as The Palo Alto Weekly and The Santa Cruz Sentinel. She speaks regularly at writing clubs and conferences. She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SINC), and the California Writers Club (CWC). Her website is: Her popular blog is

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The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Buffalojim 5 months ago
Writing may be a lonely job, but when it comes to critique, rewrite, editing, and overall review, you need a small critique group of serious writers. This book comes straight from heaven in that regard and shows/tells you how to start and maintain a vibrant helpful critique group. My critique group of three has used this outline for six years and it beats everything else I've seen or attended by a bunch. It will take you through a 400 page novel in a year IF you follow the precepts. I have NINE sticky notes attached to reference pages in it and refer to it frequently. Get it: follow it: and don't deviate.
RobynHill More than 1 year ago
If you write, you NEED this book. Not only will it help you choose and survive a critique group, it will help you write constructive criticism for a variety of genres. Plus, you won't be able to read it without seeing new ways to approach your own revisions!
KathyLS More than 1 year ago
Very readable and insightful! If you belong to a critique group or think you might like to join a group, this is the book for you! Not only does it offer straightforward, practical advice, it's also fun to read. Written in an extremely positive manner, this book will enable you to maximize your potential as a writer in a critique group.