free on-demand webinar

Writing groups are terrible

But we’ll show you how to make a better one

The Pages & Platforms team will tell you why and how to ditch your critique group and form your own Super Hardcore Editing Group instead.

The Pages & Platforms team will tell you why and how to ditch your critique group and form your own Super Hardcore Editing Group instead.

Does this sound familiar?

You’re in the hot seat. Your scene is in the hands of five fellow writers, and it’s your turn to be critiqued.

Jack says, “This whole page seems like a lot of throat-clearing to me.”

“I’m sorry?” you say. “‘Throat clearing’? What does—”

Lucy, the group’s founder, hisses, “The author isn’t supposed to talk, remember?”

Jack continues to rip you a new one and then around the room you go. Word choices are questioned, commas are changed to em dashes.

They can’t help you write better; they can only express opinions. You leave deflated and frustrated.

Shawn Coyne, the author of Story Grid: What Good Editors Know,  has argued that there is no value in writing groups or critique groups. He thinks they’re just the blind leading the blind.

So why bother?

Because, a writing group that’s focused on story structure instead of line editing can seriously up your game.

When everyone is committed to seeing the light about what it takes to write a story that works, serious magic can happen and you can transform your manuscript from muddled to magic.

In this free half hour webinar, we’ll lay out a better model for writing groups and tell you exactly what it takes to create a Super Hardcore Editing Group (SHEG) of your own and leave those tedious critique groups behind. You’ll also get access to download our SHEG manifesto and recommended story structure reading list.

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