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.) For more information on starting a critique group, contact the MWA critique group coordinator at

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.



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 to register. Forum will be password protected.
For more information, email

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

Annapolis Writers' Critique Group

Genres: Women's' fiction, romance, and mainstream (no short stories, science fiction, or poetry).
Leader: Eva Kapitan, evakapitan@comcast.netor (301) 928 1300
Group meets once a month on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Annapolis. 
Will accept a new member.

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Meets 3rd Monday of each month 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. We have been meeting for four years and have a mix of published/unpublished writers.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.

Broadneck Writer's Workshop

Cape St. Claire on the Broadneck Peninsula
Genres: Fiction and nonfiction
Leader: Jane Elkin
Group meets weekly and they now have a website complete with information about the group and member biographies with sample work, at . Contact Jane at the above e-mail address or call (410) 757-1008 to be put on a waiting list.

Scriptwriting Group

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

The Severna Park Young Adult and New Adult Writers' Group

Genres: Fiction, all genres
Age group of target audience: Must be stories with young adult or new adult age (13-24 years old) protagonists
Meets every other Sunday (1:00 - 3:00pm) at Starbucks, 503 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park, MD
Contact Margaret Bates ( for details. 
Open for new members.

Waterfront Writers

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

Women Poets Workshop

Genre: poetry
Leader: Dotty Doherty,
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

Baltimore Area Writers

Genres: Creative/literary nonfiction
Leader: Lauren Eisenberg Davis, autumnleaves1997@gmail.comor (410) 526-6936
Members from Baltimore area including Columbia and Essex meet to discuss their creative nonfiction--essays, memoirs, family stories, etc. Currently closed to new members.

Charm City Writers

Genres: All genres welcome
Leader: Roslyn Boyd,
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,
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

Eldersburg Library
Genres: novels and short stories
Leader: Joelle Jarvis
Meetings will be held once-a-month and there will also be a virtual (email) meeting each month between face-to-face meetings. Accepting new members.


Frederick County

Frederick Writers' Group

Frederick area
Genres: short stories (fiction) & novels
Leader: Toby Eberly
New critique group forming. Group will meet every two weeks.

Frederick Writers Salon

Genres: Novels, short stories (fiction), poetry
Leader: Dale Grove, Email:, 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
Meet at: Center for the Arts, Tudor Hall
17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015
When: First Tuesday of the Month, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
New members welcome.


Howard County / Columbia

Columbia Fiction Critique Group

Genres: Fiction
Moderator: Peter Pollak at
Members meet the second and fourth Wednesday of every month, from 7:30 to 9:30, to discuss novels, short stories and flash fiction. Accepting new members. Please email Peter Pollak at 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

Columbia Writers Meetup

Genres: All fiction genres
Meets at Wegmans, at 8855 McGaw Rd, Columbia, Maryland 21045
Contact: Email Jennifer Michael 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 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
Closed to new members at this time.


Montgomery County

Gaithersburg Creative Writers

Genre: All, but with an emphasis on short stories
Leader: Ken Weiss,, phone 301-947-8150 
This group currently meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month in the Gaithersburg Library at 18330 Montgomery Village Avenue.  There is information on and at
There is no ceiling on the number of members, but attendance in meetings is limited to ten 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,, (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 now open to one new member. 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, (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.  
Tuesday Writers' Group is now open to two new members.

White Oak Writers (WOW)

Meets twice a month in members' homes in Montgomery County.
Genre: Fiction and non-fiction
Contact: Gale Deitch,
We are open 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

Talbot County

Working Writers' Forum

Easton, MD
Genres: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry
Leader: Helen Delaney, Delconsult@aol.comn
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 group directly. For more information on starting a new critique group, contact the MWA critique group coordinator at