The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How to Make Revisions, Self-Edit, and Give and Receive Feedback Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Becky Levine is a writer, freelance editor, and speaker. A past columnist for WritersTalk, the newsletter of the California Writers Club, South Bay branch. Becky is currently a book reviewer for The Horn Book Guide and has written feature for newspapers such as The Palo Alto Weekly and The Santa Cruz Sentinel. She speaks regularly at writing clubs and conferences. She is also a member of the Society of Children's Book Writer and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sisters in Crime (SINC), and the California Writers Club (CWC). Her website is: www.beckylevine.com. Her popular blog is http://beckylevine.livejournal.com.


Product Details

  • File Size: 540 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (December 18, 2009)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008JGRSKC
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Get this book. Your publisher will thank you.

I met Becky Levine before I'd written a word of my book. I just wanted to be a reader for her, but she insisted we form a critique group. I agreed to submit pages to her in two weeks time, despite having only imagined putting words on paper. That was the luckiest decision of my life, leading me on a path to getting book contracts with two publishers.

My first book, WILD GOOSE CHASE, was accepted for publication after many, many passes through my critique group. When I set out to find an agent, I knew I had the best possible version of my story. It was publisher ready.

Her critiques taught me how to read critically, help the others in the group, and most importantly, how to write. I'm so excited that this book is in the marketplace so that writers everywhere can benefit from Becky's passion about critiquing.

Your book will be better. You will form wonderful relationships with other writers and their stories. Your writing will learn to soar. I can't recommend this book enough.
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If you're in a writing group or are thinking of joining (or starting) one, you need this book. It takes you from the early stages of joining/setting up a group, through how to critique manuscripts, through how to receive critiques from other members and then put them to use. It seriously has everything you need (including handy worksheets that help you organize tasks and put together your critiques). Great book for any writer (regardless of genre).
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Very readable and insightful! If you belong to a critique group or think you might like to join a group, this is the book for you! Not only does it offer straightforward, practical advice, it's also fun to read. Written in an extremely positive manner, this book will enable you to maximize your potential as a writer in a critique group.
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Has your critique group hit an impasse? Are you afraid your comments are too harsh or too hollow? Are you ready to start your own critique group? Whatever your situation, Becky Levine's The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How To Give and Receive Feedback, Self-Edit, and Make Revisions offers sound advice to take a group to the next level.

How do you tell a writer that you zoned out on page 3? Look for the specific causes, whether it's a lack of tension, a hero without a goal, lack of action, non-useful description, or shifting points of view. Levine cites common problems and suggested comments, which she offers in three different critiquer's voices.

In addition to defining and illustrating the nitty gritty of critiquing both fiction and non-fiction, she addresses choosing and running a group. She also offers suggestions for making the best use of your comments once you return to your computer.

Levine's instructive book is a valuable resource for deepening and strengthening the writing group experience. Check your own work against her worksheets to see how you can improve it before taking it to a group. Once you get there, let critiquers know what you are looking for. The give and take of the right critique group can move your story, article, or book proposal to the next level. It can open your eyes. Even if you're working without a group, Levine's suggestions can help.

Though you may not want to read every chapter immediately, The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide: How To Give and Receive Feedback, Self-Edit, and Make Revisions should be on every writer's book shelf. You'll return to it again and again.

This review originally appeared in Writer Advice, [...]. You Want Me to Do What?
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This book revolutionizes the usual writers critique groups process. I've belonged to four writer's guild's and none of them treat book length manuscripts with the authenticity this method does. I formed a small critique group using this formula and it works like a charm. Two of the three of us got through a 400 page manuscript in one year meeting twice a month. It works with or without cinnamon rolls and coffee. Best book on critique groups I've ever heard of or seen and certainly the best method of handling full length manuscripts.
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I bought several copies of this book as gifts for the members of the crtique group I'm forming. It will get us on (excuse the pun) the same page and off to a good start. I heard Becky speak at a Redwood Writer's monthly meeting (Northern California chapter of California Writers Club)and was impressed.
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It's hard to buy another writing book. Gosh, what more do people have to say on the subject???
But, while I've filled many bookcases with writing books, I must say that this one is special. Levine focuses on the importance of critique groups: how to form them, what to expect, what to offer, and (through all of this), how to bring your writing up to the next level. Levine's easy, humorous style makes this book a pleasure to read. If you've been thinking about critique groups (or are in one and are wondering if you're getting the most from it), you need this book.
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This is a wonderful book for anyone who is in a critique group while at the same time is working toward completing a novel or a short story, or even a magazine article. The chapters are broken down to assist the reader in self-editing, how to give and receive constructive feedback, and how to make revisions that count. There are several worksheets included to enhance the process of writing and critiquing in addition to a suggested reading list for more information. This book has everything, it is extremely detailed, giving guidance in all areas of writing. I learned way more than I thought I would!
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