How to critique & be critiqued


How to Critique Fiction by Victory Crayne (with a checklist to use on your own work and others)

How to Critique and Be Critiqued by Rick Walton

How to Cope with Critiquing by Rich Hamper

The Diplomatic Critiquer by Andrew Burt


Extremely useful articles

Why tough love is crucial for writers (an outstanding article from Writers Digest)

It’s Not What You Say, But How You Say It by Andrew Burt

Examples of how tiny wording changes in critiques make all the difference by Andrew Burt

For a good laugh, try, SAGP – How To Critique a Story

The harsh realities from one critiquer’s perspective: I will not read your manuscript


Critiquing is about teaching and learning. Each member of the critique group must be both a teacher and a student. When you offer suggestions on someone’s work, you’re learning how to diagnose and fix problems in your own work.

A successful critique group requires positive, helpful attitudes and a willingness to help yourself through giving time and energy to help others. Critiquing should empower members with a sense of collective and individual progress.

Critiquing should never, ever be about showing off how much you know or making someone feel bad.

 Updated May 3, 2015

Photo: Ithaca, NY courtesy of the talented Paul Joran

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