Welcome to the LA Writers Critique Group website!  Please see below for our schedule of meetings and browse our site for more information about participating.

9/5/2020100-page critiqueZoom
9/12/2020Bookends: Opening and Closing a Scenehttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/270675932/Zoom9:30 AM
10/3/2020Q&A with newly-published author Bill Lovinghttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/272426738/Zoom10:00 AM
10/10/2020Writing Subtleties and Nuances in Culture: A Case Study of a Japanese Settinghttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/272599555/Zoom9:30 AM
11/7/2020Virtual Events and Book Promotionhttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/273039064Zoom10:00 AM
11/14/2020Freewriting: Active Recovery for Sufferers of Writer's Blockhttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/273041586/Zoom9:30 AM
12/5/2020Social Media Marketing for New and Soon-to-be AuthorsZoom10:00 AM
12/12/2020Keeping the Audience on the Edge of Their Seats with Tension and Suspensehttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/273483667/Zoom9:30 AM
1/9/2021The Start-of-the-Year Checklist and Discussion of our GoalsZoom10:00 AM
1/16/2021Willpower and Inspiration are Overrated - Creating Environments That Foster Productivity and CreativityZoom10:00 AM
2/6/2021How to Write about LoveZoom
2/13/2021Violence: Three Stooges, Silence of the Lambs, or the Terminator? - A talk about how violence can be written different ways depending on genre, story, purpose, etc.Zoom10:00 AM
2/20/2021Supplemental Meetup - 10 page - no presentation
3/13/2021The case for writing first drafts by handhttps://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/events/275469536/?isFirstPublish=trueZoom10:00 AM
4/3/2021100-page critique (?)
4/10/2021Reading Out Loud for Revisions
5/8/2021Discovering the Emotional Core of Your Story

How Our Group Works

Submissions for each workshop will be saved to a specific Google Drive folder. The link to the folder will appear in the blog post for that workshop. For example, to find the submissions for May 4, go to that blog post and click on the link.

Each session’s documents and associated info (such as the document showing which group you are in for that week) will be included in that same folder. Keep in mind that you will link to the shared drive from this website, so we’ll point you here from our emails sent from Meetup.

We are also creating and updating a mailing list so that we can send updates and reminders to you from outside of the Meetup setup. Please be patient as we figure out how best to do this!


We started on Meetup.com at: https://www.meetup.com/LAwriterscritiquegroup/ and can be found on Facebook at https://fb.me/LAwriterscritiquegroup

We are a group dedicated to writing, finishing, and publishing a novel, memoir, or short story. We critique each others’ work and serve as a support group for helping writers plot, organize, and publish their writing. We meet at the San Rafael Library and the Silver Lake Library. The format goes like this: At 9:30 or 10 a.m., the library opens. There is a presentation on the day’s subject that should last about a half-hour, unless we have a special guest star visiting. When the presentation is done, we begin the critiques.

Our group handles the following types of submissions:

  • 10-page excerpts
  • 30-page excerpts
  • First 100 pages
  • Full book manuscripts

Refer to the meeting descriptions in our blog to figure out when we accept works of different lengths for critique!

This  group is designed to help writers prepare a quality manuscript by critiquing work and discussing writing topics.

We all work hard at reading and commenting on our members’ manuscripts.

Some of us have been writing for years. Some of us are novices. All of us are dedicated to the craft of writing. We use Meetup and this website as a commitment to keep working on our projects.

We come from a variety of backgrounds. We are of all ages, but we have fiction and memoir writing in common.


January 16, 2021 Meeting

This is the link for the January 16, 2021 meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1ICDslCrMC0W2N9blBNikglwSk_n3GeF7?usp=sharing Use this link to obtain the list of who’s in what group and view/download/critique the appropriate documents. Happy reading!

January 9, 2021 Meeting

This is the link for the January 9, 2021 meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1zJvzDKQbREyRB9kOpCb4a1tqXpPjSDij?usp=sharing Use this link to obtain the list of who’s in what group and view/download/critique the appropriate documents. Happy reading!

December 19, 2020 Meeting

This is the link for the December 19 meeting. https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1OWCQB_SPkKH_ekrVo6wErU2RvSK5lR6X?usp=sharing Use this link to obtain the list of who’s in what group and view/download/critique the appropriate documents. Happy reading!


Please contact us at our email address, docs@lawriterscritiquegroup.com, to send submissions and critiques.