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