One of the most enjoyable and constructive benefits of membership in Women Who Write is participation in one of our many Writing Groups, also referred as "Critique Groups."
Members regularly meet in small groups to share their knowledge and experiences, and to offer gentle guidance and critiques of each others' writing samples to improve their skills and the overall quality of their works.
Anyone considering membership may ask to visit a group to see if they are a fit with the topics or skill levels of the other members of that group. Each group has between 4 and 10 members, and they meet at public libraries, coffee shops, and civic centers, etc.
When new members join WWW, our VP of Memberships can offer guidance in selecting a group or groups that may be the best fit.
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/ GUIDE TO CRITIQUING
Women Who Write is a group that assists women in every phase of the writing process, by providing encouragement, assitance, and a sense of community to women writers who might otherwise be working in isolation. These goals should be kept in mind during the giving of critques within our individual critique groups, particular the goal of encouragement. We are committed to rendering critiques in a helpful, constructive way that will encourage writers to continue, rather than leave them feeling deflated.
We critque in a style known as the "Sandwich Method" where we wrap suggestions for improvements between recognition of successes.
For more, please read our Critiquing Guide by clicking on the cover. It will open in .pdf format.
WRITING GROUPS 2018-2019
/ GROUPS FOR MIXED GENRE WRITERS
/ GROUPS FOR CHILDREN'S WRITERS
/ BETA READERS PROGRAM
Women Who Write's Beta Reader program is up and running!
This is a great resource for those members who have finished a novel or memoir.
Think of Beta Reader feedback as the step before sending a novel out to an agent or editor.
How do you take advantage of this program?
The very first requirement is for the author to type the words “The End” on a completed manuscript. The author should then make sure all authors’ notes and unnecessary blank spaces are deleted. Typos should be out, and grammar should be correct. Formatting should be double-spaced and 12 point type, Times New Roman.
In other words, the first step is to have a finished project.