Authors of the Flathead
Congratulations! You have decided to find out more about critique groups at Authors of the Flathead (AoF). We hope you will want to join a group or start your own. Read on to find out how critique groups work, and what the benefits are.
Please be advised that participation in critique groups is open only to paid members of AoF. See Membership
for more information.
Critique Groups offer our members an opportunity to meet regularly with other authors to give and receive feedback on their work. Critique group members get to know each otherís work well, and are able to offer more in-depth feedback than is possible to give and receive at Open Readings.
Critique group meetings should be considered a kind of class, where each member is a student learning about the craft of writing by getting feedback from their fellow students. Guidelines for giving and receiving feedback follow the spirit of AoF Open Readings sessions. Keep comments short and to the point, be kind, offer positive as well as critical comments, and donít argue.
Each critique group independently decides when, where, for how long and how often to meet, how many members to include, what kind of work to critique, and how to run their meetings. The groupís decisions are put in writing and given to each member, so that all are in agreement as to how the group functions.
Each group is led by a Critique Group Moderator, who is in charge of ensuring proper functioning of the group, communicating with group members, moderating the meetings, and solving discipline problems. Should any group member take issue with the performance of a Moderator, the concern should be taken to the Critique Group Chair.
The Chair is appointed by the Board of AoF and is responsible for organizing new critique groups as needed, reviewing group rules, supporting established groups and resolving any disputes that may arise within, or between, critique groups. The Chair maintains a list of groups and a calendar of meetings and provides guidance to AoF members seeking to join a critique group.
Please contact the Critique Groups Coordinator
if you would like to join a group. If there are no suitable openings in our established groups, the Chair can assist you in starting your own group.
(Thank You to Monica Poole, Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Marie Martin for help with this document.)