Midsouth Critique Groups

What is a Critique Group?

A critique group is a team of writers or illustrators who provide constructive criticism of each other’s work in progress.  Often a group focuses on a particular reading level, art media, or genre, but not always.  Some groups meet online, others face-to-face. Some meet weekly, others monthly. The details are up to the group.

Choosing a Critique Group

Critique groups take commitment.  Every member has to provide new material and critiques according to the group’s schedule and rules.  With that in mind, start by reading all group information in the Midsouth Critique Groups and Seekers section below.  If a group is appropriate to your work and schedule, e-mail the group leader.  This is your chance to audition the group, and their chance to audition you.  Once you join a group, commit yourself.

Can you mentor a Critique Group

If you have critique group experience and are willing to guide a new group through a couple meetings, please email the Critique Group Coordinator.

Midsouth Critique Groups and Seekers

Below are our open critique groups and a list of folks seeking groups.  If you want to add your group or your name to the list of seekers, please email your information to the Critique Group Coordinator.  And if you’re willing to lead a new group, please let us know.  Midsouth has several articles about getting started and a list of mentors who can help.

Open Writers Groups (face-to-face)

City State Group Name Genre Where When/How Often Contact
Bowling Green KY None PB Determinded at each meeting Once a month

Pat Nesbitt

Louisville KY None MG, YA Summit B&N First and last Fridays

Allison Russell

Maryville TN None All Writing Blount County Library Flexible

Emily Marek

 

Open Writers Groups (online)

Group Name Genre Where (website/email) When/How Often Contact
         
         
         
 

Open Illustrators Groups (face-to-face)

City State Group Name Media Genre Where When/How Often Contact
               
               
               
 

Open Illustrators Groups (online)

Group Name Media Genre Where (website/email) When/How Often Contact
PB Critique Group Variable PB Private Blog Every Two Weeks Alison Lyne
           
           
 

Still looking for a group?

Don’t see a group that’s right for you?  Nothing in your area?  You’re not alone.  Here’s a list of other Midsouth members looking for a critique group:

Kentucky

Bardstown

Name: Gail Kamer, author (can travel to Nelson, Marion, Larue, Hardin County)
Email: gaildear@bardstowncable.net
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Lexington

Name: Mari Adkins, writer
Email: mari@mariadkins.com
Genre: YA Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Name: Deana Barnhart, author
Email: deanabarnhart@gmail.com
Genre: YA Dystopian, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

London

Name: Risha Mullins, author
Email: rishamullins@gmail.com
Genre: YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Louisville

Name: April Burch, author
Email: aprilwings@hotmail.com
Genre: PB, YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Name: David Emmitt, author
Email: davidemmitt5@insightbb.com
Genre: Middle Grade Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Religious, books and articles
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Name: Allison Russell, author
Email: allispence@yahoo.com
Genre: YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Name: Alda Villanueva, author
Email: aldas_red_crayon@yahoo.com
Genre: Middle Grade
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Prospect

Name: Laura Johnsrude, author
Email: laura.johnsrude@insightbb.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Versailles

Name: Elizabeth Burton, author
Email: steppineasy@yahoo.com
Genre: PB, Chapter Book, Middle Grade
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Vine Grove

Name: Denise Booth, author
Email: 1d.boothe@insightbb.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Williamsburg

Ann Schwarz, author
Email: ajschwarz4@earthlink.net
Genre: PB, MG, YA, and short stories for adults
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

 

Tennessee

Chattanooga

Name: Paula Petty, author
Email: paulapetty@aol.com
Genre: PB
Prefers: Face-to-Face
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Clarksville

Name: Meridth Gimbel, author/illustrator
Email: rothy.squidling@gmail.com
Genre: PB, Chapter Book / Watercolor and mixed media
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Memphis

Name: Alice Faye Duncan, author
Email: afduncan@aol.com
Genre: Non-fiction
Prefers: Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Name: Moriah McStay Lee, author
Email: moriahlee@me.com
Genre: MG, YA
Prefers: Face-To-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Name: Aidana WillowRaven, Illustrator
Email: willowraven.illustration@yahoo.com
Genre: Everything
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Mt. Juliet

Name: Kathlyn J. Kirkwood, author
Email: kathlyn.j.kirkwood@gmail.com
Genre: fiction PB, non-fiction young-reader/MG
Prefers: Face-To-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: Yes

Nashville

Name: Kim Cady, author
Email: kycady@gmail.com
Genre: YA Fantasy
Prefers: Face-To-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: No

Name: Allen Wells, author
Email: alwells28@yahoo.com
Genre: PB, MG, YA
Prefers: Face-To-Face/Online
Can Lead: No
Can Host: No

Signal Mountain

Name: Lynelle Mason, author
Email: lynellemason@comcast.net
Genre: PB and Historical Fiction MG and YA
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes

Trenton

Name: Allison Lassieur, author
Email: ALassieur@gmail.com
Genre: YA, MG fantasy, sci-fi
Prefers: Face-to-Face/Online
Can Lead: Yes
Can Host: Yes