Black Writers Collective

Short Story Writers Critique Tribe

Black Writers Collective’s Short Fiction Critique Tribe is an online writers’ group available to members wanting feedback on short works. It is a reciprocal group, meaning if you submit material for others to critique, you are required to critique their works in return. Being part of this critique group will help you with your own writing and become a stronger writer in the process.

If you would like to have your material critiqued but do not want to critique others, consult our editors’ directory to hire a freelance professional who offers that service.

The group critiques submissions of no more than 3,000 words. If a piece is slightly over 3K, such as 3,100 or 3,200, however, the Tribe can opt to give the author a pass and accept the full piece. The 3K is a soft maximum for this group.

Members must have annual subscriptions to join this Tribe. Monthly members will not be granted access due to the ongoing reciprocal critiquing requirement and commitment to the Tribe that is critical to the Tribe’s success.

Black Writers Collective

Meet Your Facilitators

Denise Matthews

Denise Matthews

Denise Matthews possesses a lifelong passion for writing. Her journalistic and creative work has been featured throughout the U.S. in trade publications, magazines, and newspapers, as well as broadcast, print, and social media-based advertising campaigns. Three months shy of her 49th birthday, Denise walked away from a lucrative career in the corporate world to indulge her literary, musical, and global travel aspirations and hasn’t looked back. She is also a past managing editor of Arizona Black Pages, Nevada Black Pages, and AZJazz magazines. A closet comedian at heart, Denise enjoys entertaining others with the tall tales she now captures on paper. She also writes memoir and personal essays on topics ranging from her family history to racism, sexual harassment, and colorism. Denise holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, and now studies the craft of creative writing. She resides in Mesa, Arizona, and plans to publish several collections of her short stories.

Darlene Burnett

A native of New York City, Darlene was born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. The niece of James Baldwin, Darlene is a writer, an elementary school educator, and a dreamer in disguise. Making her migration across the Hudson River into the suburbs of New Jersey, she raised her four children and currently lives with her husband and youngest son. 

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