Critique Groups

Join a Pennwriters Critique Group in southeastern Pennsylvania!  See below for active and newly-forming groups, or contact us to help form a new critique group in your local area.

Note: Pennwriters Critique Groups are open to all adult writers ages 18 and older.  For more information about activities for young writers, please contact us.

* * Philadelphia Pennwriters Critique Group (Yahoo Group)

Coordinator: Charli Mac

Details: Critique Groups are open to all Pennwriters members.   Please sign up to join the Area 6 Yahoo Group at:

Pennwriters Area 6 Online Critique Rules

We are all here to learn and grow in our craft. We are here to establish relationships as writers and exchange information. Harsh language, extremely negative feedback, or arguing will NOT be tolerated.  You can choose the work you’d like to review, one close to your genre, one that piqued your interest, or something completely different than what you write, but know that it is expected that you reciprocate the critique within a reasonable time period.

1. Post up to one scene or chapter of your work at a time (following standard manuscript guidelines).

2. Be sure to label the file correctly. The title, genre, and your name.

3. Feedback is provided with the best intent. Three positive aspects and three areas of focus for revision.  Focus on the positive and how to improve the piece.

4. If your work is being reviewed, keep an open mind. Don’t respond to the feedback initially. Let it settle, take in all comments equally. If something has offended you email the moderator. It is not to be discussed on the loop. Doing so will result in the dismissal of the group. However, use the group loop to spark conversation about how to critique, something you’d like help working on, etc.

5. Use the examples in the files as a format for Standard MS formatting and how to implement your feedback. You can list your feedback only or go further and make track changes and comments in more detail. The choice is yours. The type of critique you give will more than likely be the type you receive back.

6. Have fun and hone your craft!

To learn more about this group, please use the contact page.

* * Willow Grove Writers’ Coffeehouse

Coordinator: Jonathan Maberry

When: Last Sunday of every month; 12pm-3pm

Where: Willow Grove Barnes and Noble, 102 Park Avenue, Willow Grove, PA 19090

Details: It’s a bunch of writers sitting around talking about writing…with coffee.  No agenda…just chat about the latest trends in the industry, about markets, about pitching and selling, about frustration, about keeping the inner fires alight, about dealing with our families, about how damn tough it is to make it as a writer at the best of times and what writers can do to stay afloat in these troubled economic waters.  No previous publishing experience necessary…the Writers’ Coffeehouse attracts everyone from absolute beginner to award-winners and bestsellers.  We’re all writers.  Grab a cup of coffee and join us.  visit Jonathan Maberry online.

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We look forward to seeing you !