Critique Groups

MWA-sponsored critique groups are open to members and non-members alike. The designated contact person must be an MWA member, and group participants are asked to agree to join MWA's extended contact list to receive news about upcoming events of interest. (MWA keeps all contact information strictly confidential and will not spam you.) 

About Critique Groups

Small groups meet regularly to review each others' work and offer constructive feedback. These groups are usually small (six to eight people) and are organized by specialty (such as general fiction, children's literature, or script writing). The times and places of meetings vary and are determined by the members of each critique group.

Many published writers say that critique groups contributed to their success. Critique groups can help you improve your writing, detect weaknesses in plot, structure, or prose, and whip pieces into shape so they catch an editor's interest.

The following is a list of the groups, along with the leaders' e-mail addresses. Since each individual group will meet separately, contact its leader for more information.

Join a Critique Group

Below is a list of MWA-sponsored critique groups throughout Maryland. If groups are open to new members, contact them directly for more information. 

Start a Critique Group

In addition to the groups below, MWA maintains a database of individuals interested in starting or joining a new critique group, and at intervals throughout the year will use this information to help interested writers connect with each other. If you are interested in leading or joining a new critique group, please submit your information through the MWA Critique Group Interest Form.

If you need to make updates to information you have submitted to the Critique Group Interest Database, or to update a group listing below, please contact the MWA critique group coordinator at critiquegroups@marylandwriters.org. To add a new MWA-Sponsored critique group listing, please login to the MWA member and submit the group information using this form.


 

Critique Groups

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MD Writer's Block

Fiction: Flash, Speculative, SciFi, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Magical Realism, Literary, Romance
Format: Novels, Novellas, Short Stories
This is a "virtual" online group to discuss character development, plot, scene development, universe building, background research, and other elements to help members build a great story! Visit http://mdwritersblock.proboards.com to register. Forum will be password protected.
For more information, email mdwritersblock@gmail.com.

Novel Manuscript Exchange

Genres: Novel-length fiction, all genres
Leader: Mark Willen
This is a "virtual" online group for authors seeking to exchange critiques of full-length novel manuscripts. Open to new members.

 

Anne Arundel County / Annapolis

BayHill Writers

Various locations in Calvert & southern Anne Arundel Counties
Genres: All genres welcome
Leader: Les Dickey
Meets 3rd Monday of each month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We have been meeting for four years and have a mix of published/unpublished writers. Please contact coordinator Les Dickey for the next location and a copy of the group guidelines.

Scriptwriting Group

Genres: Any type of script (stage, screen, graphic novel, etc.)
Leader: Scott D. Morrow, scottdmorrow@hotmail.com
Meets in Annapolis. Currently not accepting new members. If you are interested in forming a new critique group, please contact Scott.

Waterfront Writers

Genres: Fiction only
Leader: Sandee Campbell, butterflyharvest@gmail.com
Group exchanges critiques online with monthly meetings in Arnold.
Contact Sandee for more details.

Women Poets Workshop

Genre: poetry
Leader: Dotty Doherty, womenpoetsworkshop@gmail.com
The Women Poets Workshop, a small group of experienced writers, meets weekly to critique each other’s poetry as well as to support and inspire each other as writers. We have occasional openings and keep a waiting list. Meet weekday mornings in Annapolis. If interested, contact our email for guidelines. Women only.

 

Baltimore County / Baltimore City

Charm City Writers

Genres: All genres welcome
Leader: Roslyn Boyd, drroslyn79@yahoo.com
Open to new members. Group meets once or twice a month in Baltimore City.

Hampden Writers' Group

Genres: Fiction, creative non-fiction, short stories and novels
Leader: Chris Kosmides, hampdenwriters@yahoo.com
We meet one day a month in Hampden, Baltimore. For the other days, come and join us on Facebook.

 

Calvert County

BayHill Writers

Various locations in Calvert & southern Anne Arundel Counties
Genres: All genres welcome
Leader: Les Dickey
Meets 3rd Monday of each month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We have been meeting for four years and have a mix of published/unpublished writers. Please contact coordinator Les Dickey for the next location and a copy of the group guidelines.

 

Carroll County

The Carroll County Writers' Group

Branch Library (varies)
Genres: novels and short stories
Leader: Mary Stojak
Meets the first Saturday of the month. Accepting new members.

 

Frederick County

Frederick Writers Salon

Genres: Focus on novels, short stories (fiction), and poetry, but will critique any writing a member wishes to present
Leader: Dale Grove, Email: grove.dale@hotmail.com, Phone: 240-313-8860
A group of fiction writers from Frederick who want to workshop their writing and learn from each other about the craft. Together, we’ll share our writing, get inspired, and grow as a group. All fiction writers, regardless of experience, are welcome. We meet 2-3 times per month in various locations in downtown Frederick.

 

Harford County

Harford Writers' Group

Contact: Karin Harrison Karinhk1@aol.com
Meets on the first Thursday of the Month
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Jarrettsville Library, 3722 Norrisville Rd., Jarrettsville, MD 21014
New members welcome.

 

Howard County / Columbia

Columbia Fiction Critique Group

Genres: Fiction
Moderator: Peter Pollak at peter@expendable-man.com
Members meet every other Wednesday, from 7:30 to 9:30, to discuss novels, memoir, short stories and flash fiction. Accepting new members. Please email Peter Pollak at peter@expendable-man.com for more information.

Howard County MWA Critique Group #2

Moderator: Nancy Alexander
Members meet every other Tuesday at 7:30 PM to discuss works of fiction, novels, novellas, memoirs and short stories. For more information please contact Nancy Alexander at nanwecan@comcast.net

MWA/Howard County Fiction Critique Group #3

Genres: Fiction & Memoir
Moderator: Suzanne Forest, forestsl57@gmail.com 
Meets every other Thursday. May have openings. Contact Suzanne if interested.

MWA/Howard County Fiction Critique Group #4

Genres: Fiction & Memoir
Moderator: Keith Kline, kakline@aol.com 
Initial Meeting: Sept. 6, 2017. Contact Keith for details.

Columbia Writers

Genres: All fiction genres
Meets at Wegmans, at 8855 McGaw Rd, Columbia, Maryland 21045
Contact: Email Jenn Viridis for more information. Accepting new members.

Savage Writer's Circle

Savage Branch of the Howard County Library, 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723 (410) 880-5975
Genres: Fiction, poetry, short stories, children's literature, historical, non-fiction, etc.
Contact: Claire Ferguson at claire@sunforge.com. Meets on the second Monday of each month, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Maryland Dream Weavers

Maryland Dream Weavers meets on Mondays at a member's home. Genre: Any, with an emphasis on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Contact: Amy Kaplan at kaplan.family@verizon.net
Currently closed to new members.

 

Montgomery County

Gaithersburg Creative Writers

Genre: All, but with an emphasis on short stories
Leader: Ken Weiss, silverpenken@aol.com, phone 301-947-8150 
This group currently meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Stone House grill, at 18701 North Frederick Avenue Avenue, from 6:15 unil 7:45 p.m..  There is information on Meetup.com and at www.gaithersburgcreativewriters.net.
There is no ceiling on the number of members, but attendance in meetings is limited to eight persons. 

The Novel Experience

Genre: Novel-length fiction, all genres welcome (except romance)
Leader: Cindy
Meets every 2-3 weeks on Sunday afternoons (1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.) at a member's home. Interested parties should be working on novel-length fiction. Currently closed to new members.

Rockville Area Critique Group

Genre: Mainstream Fiction
Leader: Judy Kelly, jckelly100@yahoo.com, (301) 929-0959
The Rockville Writers Group is composed of fiction writers. Even though we identify ourselves as novel writers, members write short stories and nonfiction, as well. We meet the fourth Saturday of each month and in member homes on a rotating basis.

The Rockville Writers Group is currently closed to new members. In order to maintain a good balance in the group, we prefer a published or advanced writer who has published something in fiction, or written more than one novel, or written several short stories. At the present time, we are not looking for thriller, mystery, or crime writers. We prefer someone who is writing mainstream fiction (a good character story) or literary fiction.

Tuesday Writers' Group

Genre: All
Leader: Peggy Bjarno ChesapkLady@gmail.com, (301) 466-3704
Tuesday Writers' Group is an experienced group of writers, most published, open to a wide variety of writing genres and styles. We meet at noon on the first and third Tuesday of the month at a member's home in south Rockville. Our meetings last about 2 1/2 hours.  
Currently closed to new members.

White Oak Writers (WOW)

Meets twice a month in members' homes in Montgomery County.
Genre: Fiction and non-fiction
Contact: Gale Deitch, gdeitch1@verizon.net
Currently closed to new members.

 

Prince George's County

Prince George’s County Writers Group

Forestville, MD
Genre: Fiction
Leader: Yvonne Brown
The Prince George’s County Writers Group consists of experienced Southern county writers who meet monthly on Thursday afternoons to provide supportive critiques and to discuss current trends in the writing/publishing world.  Currently, there are two spaces open to new members.  Interested parties should be working on novel-length fiction.  Please contact coordinator Yvonne Brown for the next location and a copy of the group guidelines at yvoniks@aol.com


Talbot County

Working Writers' Forum

Talbot County, MD
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Leader: Brent Lewis, brentlewis46@gmail.com
The Working Writers' Forum is a group of experienced Eastern Shore writers that meets monthly on Tuesday evenings to critique each other's writing and discuss common issues facing writers. Forum critique guidelines assure nonjudgmental, confidential reviews of members' writing with a focus on craft. Currently closed to new members. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please write to the email address above.

 


For group-specific information, contact the critique groups above directly.  To sign up to leader or join a new critique group, please submit your information on the MWA Critique Group Interest Form.  To add your critique group to the above list, to update an existing listing, or for other questions, please contact the MWA critique group coordinator at critiquegroups@marylandwriters.org.