If there is one thing that the editors, authors, and agents at our conferences agree on, it is the importance of critique group membership and manuscript peer reviews.  Spouses, relatives and/or friends do not count. We make it painless to help you get your manuscript publishable.

Houston Writers Guild Critique Groups are free to members. Visitors are welcome on a one-time basis. After that, membership is required.

There are usually 5-8 people at our groups.

For more information, write us at .

HWG Believes That Effective Critique Groups Embody:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Shared Purpose
  • Established Ground Rules
  • Sharing of Challenges
  • Encouragement
  • Differing Perspectives
  • Caring About Work of Others
  • Commitment
  • Strong Leadership

As Critique Group Members, We Commit To:

  • Giving Fearless Feedback Respectfully
  • Not Forgetting To Include the Positive
  • Being Tough on the Writing But Tender on the Person
  • Listening and Not Speaking When Accepting Feedback
  • Offering Constructive and Specific Feedback
  • Focusing on the Big Issues Verbally
  • Following Our Circle’s Rules/Standards
  • Honesty and Trustworthiness
  • Respecting the Time of Others
  • Critiquing as Requested
  • Consistent and Timely Participation
  • Communicating Respectfully with the Person if Problems Arise
  • Assuming Positive Intentions from All in Our Group


If you are interested in organizing a critique group or writing circle in your area contact

Monday Night Virtual Group: A virtual critique group using Cisco Webex on Monday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Contact Fern Brady at for details and for seat availability. (FULL at this time.)

Monday Night – Sugarland: Every Monday evening from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, Muhammad Tareque leads the group at Black Walnut café in the Courtyard at First Colony Mall. Contact Tareque at for details. (OPEN=spots available.)

Monday Night – Inner Loop: Ollie Stevenson hosts a group at her apartment in Upper Kirby area from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Contact Ollie Stevenson for information and directions at (OPEN)

Tuesday Night - Energy Corridor  - A new critique group is forming in the energy corridor area.  This group will be focus for those who write poetry or song lyrics.  The first meeting will be on Tuesday, March 21.

Group details:
Every Tuesday
6:30 to 9:30 pm
Cafe Express
1111 Eldridge Prkwy,
suite 100

To join this group and for further details, email the leader, Andrea Walton, at  (OPEN)

Wednesday Night – Meyerland: Carla Conrad hosts a weekly group at her home in Bellaire/Meyerland from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Contact Carla at (OPEN)

Wednesday Night – Energy Corridor: Fern Brady hosts this group at Ninfa’s restaurant off of Memorial Between Eldridge and Dairy Ashford every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Contact for information. (FULL)

Wednesday Night – The Woodlands: Lara Gwinn hosts a group at her house every Wednesday evening starting at 6:30 pm. Contact (OPEN)

Thursday Day Group – Westchase area: Mark Andersen hosts a day group from 10 am to 1 pm on Thursdays. Contact for details. (OPEN)

Thursday Day Group – Sugarland: Amy Lary leads a daytime group weekly starting at 10:00 am. The group meets in members’ homes. Contact Brenda Preuss at for details. (FULL)

Thursday Night – Beltway 8/Westpark: Genre Group for scifi/fantasy/paranormal/horror writers meets at Tracy Gee Community Center, every Thursday evening from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, all sub-genres welcome. Contact (FULL)

Thursday Night – Spring-Willowbrook: Monica Stanton hosts this group at her home from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Contact her at (OPEN)

Thursday Night – Kingwood/Humble area: This group meets at Starbucks in Kingwood, 2515 Green Oak Drive, every first and third Thursday of each month. All genres welcome. Contact Greg Kelso at (OPEN)

Thursday Virtual Group: this virtual critique group meets weekly using Cisco Webex on Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Contact Fern Brady at for details. (OPEN)

Friday Night Group – SW Houston Inner Loop: Glenn Lazar Roberts hosts a scifi/Speculative Fiction group at his home every other Friday, 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Contact Glenn at (OPEN)

Saturday – Westchase area: Sharon Raymond hosts a Memoir writers’ group once a month at La Madeleine at 10001 Westheimer, near Beltway 8, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm. For more information, contact Brenda at (OPEN)

Write-In Group – Heights area: Chantell Renee hosts this Write-In group every other week. For details, contact Chantell at (OPEN)

Tier 2 Critique Groups: HWG is organizing groups of three writers each for higher level critiques, requires one or more completed works, these meet at various times and places. Contact Glenn at, or Fern at (OPEN)