If you’re serious about your writing, you need to bite the bullet and let other people (read: other writers) take a look at your work. It’s ideal that you develop this practice early in your authoring career–not so much as a means to develop a thick skin, but as a way of growing and honing your craft. I’ll be the first to tell you that seeking out critiques on your work is not the easiest thing in the world to do. It can be very difficult, in fact, to secure beta readers for your writing projects. That’s where the Critters Workshop comes in. It was recommended to me by Lindsay Buroker and boy am I glad that she brought this place to my attention!
Critters Workshop is an online writing critique community for authors, aspiring authors, and writers of all types! Depending on your style of writing, you can become a part of different workshops and critique other members’ submissions and submit your own work to be reviewed! It is AMAZING. I love being a part of this community and already, I am reaping the benefits of having other writers take a look at my chapters.
If you’re worried about people ripping your work to shreds, you can lay aside that fear right now. That’s not what this place is about. Now, don’t think that you won’t receive suggestions, because you absolutely will. Welcome them. These people are taking time out of their busy lives to read and critique your work. They’re not going to waste energy on being “mean” or “offensive”. In fact, the creators of this website have taken great pains to train up their “critters” to be polite, diplomatic, and helpful. There are several detailed website posts about rules for critiquing, methods for conveying a critique in the most helpful way, and pitfalls to avoid. This place is about edifying other writers and building each other up–not tearing down each others’ carefully cultivated self-esteem.
To be a part of this online community, you need to be serious about your work. It takes commitment to be an active member. You will need to regularly contribute critiques for other people’s’ work in order to have your own reviewed. This workshop is not for the faint of heart or someone who’s just looking to receive casual feedback. It is serious business. If you are serious, however, please do check out the Critters Workshop and consider becoming an active member! It’s free to join, but you will have to participate, as I said.
If you’re looking to become a member or to simply find out more about the Critter’s Workshop, check out their FAQs.