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If there is one thing that the editors, authors, and agents at our conferences agree on, it 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 info@houstonwritersguild.org . See schedules below on getting the most out of Critique Groups.

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

CRITIQUE GROUP AND WRITING CIRCLE SCHEDULES:

If you are interested in organizing a critique group or writing circle in your area contact fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com.

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 fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com 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 muhammad.tareque@gmail.com for details. (OPEN=spots available.)

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 divaonwheels371@gmail.com  (OPEN)

Tuesday Night – Inner Loop: Ollie Stevenson hosts a group at her apartment in Upper Kirby area from 6 pm to 9 pm. Contact Ollie Stevenson for information and directions at ostevenson10@yahoo.com. (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 cc525@aol.com. (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 fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com for information. (FULL)

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

Thursday Day Group – Westchase area: Mark Andersen hosts a day group from 10 am to 1 pm on Thursdays. Contact mandersen52@att.net for details. (OPEN)

Thursday Day Group – Sugarland: Brenda Preuss leads a daytime group weekly starting at 10:30 am. The group meets in members’ homes. Contact Brenda Preuss at bkpreuss@yahoo.com 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 fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com. (FULL)

Thursday Night – Spring-Willowbrook: Monica Stanton hosts this group at her home from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Contact her at whitecrossesofhouston@gmail.com. (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 pegasusfury333@yahoo.com. (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 fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com 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 sendax@aol.com. (OPEN)

Saturday – Westchase area: Brenda Preuss 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 bkpreuss@yahoo.com. (OPEN)

Write-In Group – Heights area: Chantell Renee hosts this Write-In group every other week. For details, contact Chantell at dearchantellrenee@gmail.com. (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 sendax@aol.com, or Fern at fernbrady@inklingspublishing.com. (OPEN)

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