Critique Groups


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, email our Critique Group Director, Clio Lang 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