A critique group can give support and constructive feedback for your writing. It can also keep your writing when you know someone is going to review your work on a certain date. GCWA will try to match you to a group with similar interests. Below is a list of current groups connected with GCWA and some links to online resources.

Interested in joining a new critique or reading group?
Fill out the Critique Group Request Form and we’lll get back to you.

If you’re looking for guidelines to start a group, here are some Suggested Critique Group Guidelines and Poetry Critique Guidelines, which can be altered to fit your group.

Looking for new members for your critique group? Contact critique@gulfwriters.org.

GCWA Affiliated Critique Groups

  • A critique group for creative non-fiction writing is open for a new member. email: Bob McCarthy Mccarthyr76@gmail.com.
  • CC Writers Critique Group in Cape Coral is looking for two or three new members. Contact Patty Westbrook: patriciawestbrook@comcast.net.
  • Hurricanes critique group: Genre is fiction and nonfiction—no poetry or script-writing. Meets monthly at the Fairfield Inn. Contact Judy Loose: website@gulfwriters.org
  • Jeannie Greider’s critique group, The Word Clinic, is looking for one or two more serious writers in fiction/suspense/mystery/action adventure. Contact Jeannie Greider – jagfiction@aol.com.
  • Pine Island Writers — Pine Island Writers are holding Zoom meetings every Monday at 7 pm. If anyone would like to join us, please have them contact me for the Zoom sign-in. We meet weekly to share our writing with each other and get feedback.
  • Chai Voris Chaidylady@gmail.com
  • Writers Helping Writers (Writers Read) — Punta Gorda critique and support group
  • MI Writers Critique Group – Marco Island Library – 210 S. Heathwood Dr. – 10 a.m. to noon – The second and fourth Friday of the month 3-6 copies of 4 pages of prose or 1-2 poems.

Links for Critique Groups

  • Find the Right ONLINE CRITIQUE GROUP For You!
  • How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You
  • 40 Places to Find a Critique Partner
  • A Presentation on Critique Groups by Denise Holbrook and Richard Georgian
  • Florida Region Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • The Southwest Florida Branch of National League of American Pen Women would like to invite published writers to consider joining. Contact Lorraine Walker Williams for more details.