Introducing the NSWA Critique Boutique
(This is a pilot initiative for the benefit of all NSWA members.Let’s all work together to make it a success!)
The purpose of the Critique Boutique is to provide a forum for NSWA members to give and receive feedback on their writing from other members. The NSWA believes that writers supporting writers through the exchange of constructive critiques is a powerful tool for improving our craft.
Members wishing to have their writing critiqued:
- May post up to 2000 words per submission;
- Email the submission as a Word document to email@example.com;
- A brief description of the submission should be supplied, especially noting any sensitive content (e.g., violence, sexuality, or possible trigger issues);
- Include a 1-2 sentence summary of what your submission is, to help inform your readers in their critique;
- Date and title your submission, and include an email address where readers can send you their comments & feedback;
- Each posting may stay up on the site for a maximum of three (3) months, after which they will be removed;
- By posting their submission, the member agrees to waive any and all claims for damages or libel against the NSWA or its members;
- If you find a critique helpful, consider thanking the reviewer by email;
- If you receive a critique that you don’t like, simply delete it. Remember, it is only one person’s opinion; and
- If you find a critique nasty or unfair, contact Vice-president Rod Baker (see below).
Members wishing to offer critique:
- May do so by downloading the Word document from this site;
- You might consider using ‘Track Changes’ under the Review tab for your comments;
- All comments should be empathetic and respectful, with the view of helping the writer improve their piece. A balanced critique recognizes both the positive aspects of the submitted work, as well as considerations for change;
- Email your critiques directly to the writer, not to this site; and
- Members agree not to distribute any submission to any third party.
As you read the work, comment on what works/doesn’t work for you as a reader and why. Complaints about submissions or critiques should be emailed to the NSWA Vice President, Rod Baker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Works Requesting Critique