Children's Writer's Guild Forum » Highlights Critique Group #1

Happy to join Group 1

(4 posts)
  • Started 6 years ago by Marvin in Tyler
  • Latest reply from Sheila
  1. Greetings fellow writers! By posting this message, you can determine that the posting problem has, indeed, been solved. I'm excited about the prospects of this new tool and look forward to working with my Team 1 team members to improve our collective writing skills.

    I'm wondering how we will structure our critiquing sessions. For example, one of my local groups limits to 5 pages the amount any one writer can submit. There is no limit to the number of writers who can participate, but history has shown that to be around 5 or 6 at most. We limit to 5 minutes the amount of time for oral critiquing, with each member of the group having received the manuscript in advance. Such limitations could result in taking more than a year for a chapter book to be fully critiqued.

    I have such a book waiting to be critiqued. It is about 15 chapters long and maybe 17K words long. To submit the entire manuscript would be imposing a significant time requirement on all other participating members. The obvious advantage for ME, however, would be that I would be able to submit the manuscript to a publisher sooner rather than later.

    Taking that same manuscript, perhaps it would be more reasonable to submit it in smaller pieces, ie, 1/2 or 1/3 at a time.

    If you folks also have lengthy manuscripts, some even longer than mine, what would be your thoughts on submission limitations?

    Also, what do we do is the manuscript is for a much shorter piece, such as a picture book?

    We also will have to decide who goes first, how many can submit in any one month, what time frame is given to get the critique written and posted, and a whole host of other questions. I'm just throwing this out to get the conversation started.


    Posted 6 years ago #
  2. Sheila

    Just so we are all on the same page: Group 1 was designated as the group which would be critiquing 10-12 pages per month. In terms of word count that would be the equivalency (more really) of a very long picture book. Jack and I, because of other critique obligations, cannot read and critique more than that, but we would encourage other members who would like to read/critique more, to do so.

    Marvin makes a good point about the length of time that it would take to cover a longer work, but that is why we have two groups. If any one feels that it would be better to switch to Group 2 because of this need, now would be the better time to do it. Remember, however, that if other members are critiquing many pages of material for you in one month, the same is going to be expected of you when it is their turn.

    Our group can certainly critique longer works, but in shorter increments.

    Tanya, has kindly offered to read more than 10-12 pages. I would like to know her thoughts. Maybe she could help Marvin more immediately than the rest of us.

    Jack and I also have the opportunity to receive frequent critiques, so we will gladly put our names at the end of the list and let others go first.

    Posted 6 years ago #
  3. Sheila

    Guys, I think that we are discussing the same issues on different "thread" pages. Why don't we convert over to this one.

    Patti has also said that she will relinquish her opportunity to go first. That makes three down!

    Posted 6 years ago #
  4. Sheila

    Another idea! Since Jack and I are frequently being critiqued, others with longer manuscripts could take our turn when it first comes around. That would be worth at least a couple of chapters at 1200 to 1800 words long EACH. Just an idea!

    Posted 6 years ago #


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