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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Win a copy of Writer's Digest's- The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide

3 commentors will be chosen to receive a free copy of the book. ( U.S. residents only please.)

UPDATE: Congratulations: Patrica W., Cynthia W. and Julia, your names were randomnly drawn! Please email Gina your mailing address: rnglh1 at yahoo dot com. Happy critiquing!

The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide

How to Give and Receive Feedback, Self Edit, and Make Revisions

by Becky Levine

Writer's Digest Books announces the publication of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide, the best way to create a respectful, productive writing or critique group, discussing all the important details of finding a group, running a critique meeting, and building a group that will evolve with its members.

Each chapter, whether discussing plot or character or voice, teaches the writer how to read for a critique, learn from criticism, organize and prioritize feedback, revise based on the specific feedback they receive, and more.

Perfect for writers and creative-writing students, this book offers tangible instruction on how to spot legitimate problems in any genre and how to give and apply feedback in a helpful and meaningful way.

Becky Levine is a writer, freelance editor, and speaker. Becky is a book reviewer for The Horn Book Guide, speaks regularly at writing clubs and conferences, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SINC), and the California Writers Club (CWC). She lives in South Bay , CA . Her website and blog are and

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  1. I am new to the writing process and have not yet joined a critique group. I would love the chance to read this book.

  2. I've been in several critique groups but have never read a book on how-to. Probably need to.

  3. I too am new to the writing process and haven't joined a critique group and I am curious about how to go about it. I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Cindy W.


  4. I did it! I completed my novel, now what? For the last three months, I've been revising and editing. But, I'm afraid I will never finish I feel like I'm taking one step forward and two steps back.

    My support is all of the wonderful friends I've made in the writing community on twitter. I suppose I should join a critique group, but keep telling myself I need to get my novel in better shape, before I can let anyone read it. I feel that I am stuck.

    I would be very happy to win "The Writing and Critique Group Survival Guide".

    Warm wishes to you,

  5. My husband and I would enjoy reading this together. We are hoping to create a critique group. So far, we are the whole of the critique group.


  6. I would definitely appreciate a book on critiquing my writing. Please enter me. Thank you.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  7. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    safe (hypen) ldwrites (at) flash (dot) net

  8. My third critique group has fallen apart so I think we're missing something. Perhaps this book might help.


  9. I love my critique group, and we're always looking for ways we can improve. Loved the review, Becky.


  10. I've had both good and bad critique group experiences. It would be fascinating to see the tips and advice the author has.

  11. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this resource. I have a critique partner. I'm certain my writing, revising and critiquing skills will benefit by reading it.


  12. This sounds like exactly what I am looking for! What a wonderful resource! I would really like to have a copy, too.

  13. This book is what my Christian fiction-writing group has been looking for. We'd like to host critique groups, but not everyone understands the purpose of a critique, whether giving or receiving, and the need for attendance commitment as well as well-thought-out feedback. Becky

  14. This is perfect for my quandary! As a Master's student in English, we are beginning what is called Peer Reviewing - the onset of a critique group. Frankly, the biggest challenge is finding a way to give helpful advice in a non-threatening way. I don't want to sound like I'm ripping apart the work, but to a sensitive, writer's soul, that's what it feels like. Add in the responsibilities that come with having a Christlike manner, and wow! Gotta get a hold of this book!

  15. I would love to be chosen to receive a free copy of this book. I am in the early stages of taking the craft of writing seriously. This sounds like a valuable resource. Thanks for the opportunity!


  16. This would be great to share with my writing group! Thanks for the opportunity!


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