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

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

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.