This following only applies to short stories and novels but in case you also write those…
Hello. I know that writers, myself included, need – and appreciate – feedback on our work. By that I don’t mean “Oh yes, that’s great” – although that would be good too. We need to be told where we’re going wrong. I am a freelance editor so it’s my day job to do that but I thought I’d start this critique group so that you could also get feedback from other writers.
Why Morgen’s MONDAY Email Critique Group? Because we all need deadlines. The idea is that you submit your writing (max. 2,000 words per submission*) to me on a Monday and I will collate them and send them on to others in the group for them to return to me by the SUNDAY after next (i.e. two weeks, although the sooner the better) so that I can return it to the original author for the following Monday. This doesn’t mean you can’t send (or receive) something in between – it would space out the work for me – the two-week turnaround would just be tweaked accordingly.
In the meantime, hopefully, they will have been working on something else and have more to send. *By submission, I mean complete story (up to 2,000 words per submission) or story / novel extract.
For every submission you critique, you will get your work critiqued by one other writer. The more you critique, the more feedback you get on your own work. I will be the facilitator keeping track (using a nerdy spreadsheet) of who does what so how much ‘credit’ they (you) have.
If you submit more than there are people to critique for, I will hold it until there is sufficient credit. Equally, if you have critiqued more than have submitted work for, I will have made a note of that.
This will all be done courtesy of a Word template I’ve devised. Don’t worry if you don’t have Word (although it would be helpful and if you’re planning on submitting to competitions, publishers or agents, you will need it). Complete that, together with pasting your story or extract. NB. by completing the form and submitting your work, you are agreeing that you will not share any received work (i.e. not your own writing) with anyone else, online or otherwise.
The level of feedback is entirely up to you but there are options on the form for pacing, engaging characters, satisfactory conclusion (if a complete story) etc. Please don’t use Word’s track changes as it shows your name. Everything will be anonymous (I’ll be using references) so you’ll never know whose work you’re receiving but equally they won’t know they’re getting yours. It’s the fairest method.
What’s in it for me? I will be one of the group giving and receiving feedback. The rules work the same for me. I can only received critique on my work when I have critiqued someone else’s. You won’t know I’ve done it and you won’t know if you’ve critiqued my writing.
So… to get started, complete the form below and I’ll send you the template. NB. by completing the form and submitting your work, you are agreeing that you will not share any received work (i.e. not your own writing) with anyone else, online or otherwise.