As an editor, I often advise new fiction authors to join a critique group before spending money to have their manuscript professionally edited. A critique group might also be a good option for a writer, new or experienced, who can’t afford a professional edit. The following resources can help you find a critique group. Just click on the name to go to the website.
The first Internet workshop / critique group. Its 10,000 members have delivered 280,000 critiques on all types of creative endeavors and in every writing genre.
Forward Motion for Writers
A free community founded in 1998 whose core purpose is to help writers become professionally published.
Ladies Who Critique
Helps critique partners find each other based on genre, experience, and interests. It also offers genre groups, general discussion groups, blogs, and a newsletter.
An online community dedicated to providing tools, classes, and networking opportunities to help authors progress in their careers. Members can find critique partners, join established critique groups, or form new groups.
An online critique community that stresses respect and thoughtfulness.
The first online critique community devoted to “hard science” science fiction.
Sisters in Crime Guppy Chapter
Sisters in Crime’s online chapter for the “Great UnPublished.” Its member benefits include manuscript swaps and critique groups. Joining Sisters in Crime is required in order to join the Guppies.
An online community of almost one million writers and readers. Writers can join or form critique groups, or just post their work in their portfolios for roving critters to critique.