Writing Review Group

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Review Group Meetup

I run a writing review group session out of FatPipe ABQ. We have two groups:

  • Our short review group is split into two due to high attendance
  • and, our novel-length review group


The short story and excerpt group

Two individuals submit their piece (no more than 6,000 words at a time) to the writing review group a week before the meeting date. Each reviewer reads the piece and prepares their review.

The review in person is:

  • One thing you liked about the piece and
  • at least three things that didn’t work for you, that you had questions about or that took you out of the story.

The author is never allowed to say “but I did that because…” This is because we’re not here to defend our piece. We’re here to listen to what our audience has to say. Questions and conversation are definitely encouraged.

Right now we are split into two groups due to the high attendance. It’s free to join and we meet every other Saturday.

The full novel review group

One individual submits their novel at least four weeks before the writing review group meeting date. This group was just formed and we’re deciding on the critiquing rules. Right now there’s no more room in this group, but let me know if you want to be waitlisted.


Both groups end the year in October because most of us are involved in National Novel Writing Month in November and that would be madness to do both reviews and writing! We meet up in January to reorganize for the new year.

The power of a good review is tremendous to any writer, so if you’re ready to meet, drop me a line!


Published Items from our group

You are not under any pressure to publish! But, if someone on the team does publish, I’ll share their works on our published page.


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