Black Writers Collective

The Novelists' Spot II Critique Tribe

What it is

Black Writers Collective’s “The Novelist’s Spot II” is our second 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: Shaundale Rena

With 35+ years of writing experience, Shaundale Rénā uses her love for writing to help tribe members further develop their stories. She has an eye for detail and an ear for stories. These two attributes have aided her in building a solid editing business that caters to the development of writers and not just their stories.

As a developmental editor, it is her goal to breathe new life into others’ projects. In doing so, she is able to perform both content development and substantive edits, provide a multi-page editorial review covering global issues, such as content, structure, narrative flow, voice, tone, and readability, and polish all copies with moderate line editing to revise or remove inconsistent and repetitive phrasing, inappropriate verb tense, and/or incorrect word choices, spelling and usage (diction), grammar, subject-verb agreement, and transitional phrases, as well as consistency, depth, syntax, clarity, flow, style, and pacing.

If you’ve been wondering whether what you’re working on makes sense to anybody other than yourself, you can reach her at She understands and is eager to help you write it right…the first time. From start to finish, Shaundale will assist you with crafting the story that not only is good but feels good as well.

“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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