Posted by: nancyisanders | May 18, 2010

Critique Groups Teach

Are you learning something new each and every time you go to your critique group?

If not, consider adding a guest speaker or teaching workshop every time you meet.

In one of my critique groups, CHAIRS, we feature a guest speaker at each and every meeting! We didn’t use to. Attendance was low, participation was waning.

So we rearranged our schedule to include a teaching session each meeting. What a difference this has made! We’re learning new skills every time we meet and people are landing contracts and assignments as never before.

Sometimes we ask one of our members to lead us on our learning adventure. Other times we invite local authors to share their area of expertise. But always, we have fun learning and growing together as writers each and every time we meet.


  1. I love hearing all the speakers and have learned so much through CHAIRS! Thanks for setting up this critique group!

    • You’re welcome, Tina. Thanks for being such a big part of CHAIRS. And thanks, too, for instigating all the birthday special surprises! -Nancy

  2. That is a great idea.

    • Thanks, Kristi. What a difference this has made in our group!

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