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
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