Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Critters

No, not the movie (which I really liked when I was twelve), but the on-line writers' workshop.

It's a ginormous group of people interested in publishing science fiction, fantasy, and horror. They submit their own work and critique each others' and a rather ingenious system keeps it running smooth. I can't tell you about what I'm critiquing or submitting because there's a strict privacy policy (as this is all unpublished work), but I can say I'm impressed with the whole thing and how it's run, and it has recommendations from good sources. Some members are even professionals.

If you need a good writers' group that focuses on critiquing work and making it better, you might want to sign up. The main page is here, and from there you can find all the information you need. I warn you this: it's a serious time commitment as members are expected to produce regular, lengthy, thoughtful critiques of others' work. It's intended for people really bent on publishing, and it has several important policies in place to keep everything running smoothly, so make sure you read all the FAQs before signing up to avoid later hassles or embarrassments because the time commitment begins immediately when you become a member.

It's only for science fiction, fantasy, and horror, but short stories, novels, and apparently other formats in those genres are all welcome. If you want to be a writer (or want to be a better writer), it's worth taking a look at.
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