BWC Long Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Tribe

What it is

Black Writers Collective’s Long Fiction/Nonfiction Critique Tribe is an online writers’ group available to members who need feedback on fiction and nonfiction works-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. 

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How it works

The long critique group meets every other month 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. 

Requirements

In addition to the reciprocal requirement, members must be active on an ongoing basis (no in-and-out participants). Annual membership is required to join this tribe.

What's accepted and what's not

This group accepts fiction and nonfiction. We do not accept extreme urban fiction, erotica, or works that contain excessive foul language. If you write material that would not be accepted in this first group and would like to form another group, simply email us and we will create a signup sheet or survey to gauge interest from other members. If there is enough interest, we’ll get that set up for you. Also, if you are a script writer and interested in a script review group, please be sure to let us know. We have a facilitator prepared to form such a group once there is enough interest.

How to sign up

Join with an annual subscription, then find your way to the Tribes. Click the button to submit a request to join, post an intro, and you’re in. Monthly subscriptions are not eligible to join the critique tribes due to the ongoing reciprocity requirement: All members are required to critique others each month to be critiqued. 

Meet our Facilitator

Elaine Garcia is not only a professional writer of mainstream fiction, she is a professional editor and proofreader residing in Addison, Texas. She became a published author in 2004 and in 2006 was Interim President of The Writer’s Block, Inc., an organization of Black writers in the Dallas metroplex. This is where Elaine gained her experience critiquing, later launching her own critique group that was active for five years. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing for Entertainment from Full Sail University and presses on as an editor and proofreader, serving other authors and writers. For more information, visit her profile in the Black Editors & Proofreaders directory or her website at BeforeYouPublish.com.

Elaine Garcia
“I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it.”
Chinua Achebe
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