Black Writers Collective

The Novelists' Spot Critique Tribe

What it is

Black Writers Collective’s “The Novelist’s Spot” is an online writers’ group for writers of long fiction who need feedback on novels and novellas in progress. It is a reciprocal tribe, meaning if you submit material for others to critique, you are required to critique their works in return. Being part of this critique tribe 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. 


How it works

The group meets monthly to critique 2-3 members’ projects per session. Members are not required to submit every time but are fully expected to critique every time. Materials are submitted within five days after each meeting to be critiqued during the next session. Members must participate in two group critiques prior to submitting material of their own for critique.


In addition to the reciprocal requirement, members must be active on an ongoing basis (no in-and-out participants). Premium membership is required to join this tribe along with agreement with the group terms and conditions.

our Facilitator

A lifelong lover of written language, Sherian Brown holds an MS in Cardiopulmonary Science and quickly gravitated toward medical policy revision during her twenty-year career as a cardiovascular perfusionist. Subsequently, she expanded her editing to works of fiction and joined WordWiser Ink, a boutique editorial company that specializes in copyediting and proofreading. Since then, she has been featured on Black Editors & Proofreaders, contributed to Black Writers Collective, and assisted a host of authors with her editorial services.

Sherian also enjoys her role as moderator of The Novelists’ Spot, a fiction writers’ group on Black Writers Collective, where authors’ submissions and elements of fiction such as character development, dialogue, and story structure are discussed and critiqued in a safe, private environment. Her interest in the craft of writing and the inspiration members glean from group discussions continue to buoy her excitement for this tribe of talented writers.
Sherian Brown
We all have a story to tell, and no one but YOU can write your story. If you’ve penned your masterpiece and you’re ready to work with a professional wordsmith to amplify your voice, contact Sherian for quality, experienced copyediting and proofreading services for your fiction, nonfiction, or medical manuscript. Visit or find Sherian on for more information.
“You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
Octavia E. Butler

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