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

Sherian Brown has written two novels and has edited several types of fiction, nonfiction, and other creative writing projects for nearly 20 years. When she’s not engrossed in editing her latest project, she enjoys reading, yoga, and traveling. She has a Master of Science in Cardiopulmonary Science and a Bachelor of Science in Biology.

Sherian Brown
“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
Black Writers Collective

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