Posted by: WITP | 31 March 2014

How to critique by Ali Betteridge

On the 20th March, the Writers in the Peak were honoured to have Ali Betteridge from East Midlands Writers as their guest speaker. She spoke about the importance of learning the art of good critiquing.

She suggests that writing groups should provide in-depth critques (only one or two per session), given to members well in advance of a meeting.

Here’s her outline:
First drafts. Initially focus on the story: Does it have a good hook, believable characters, engaging characters and, good dialogue? Is the content appropriate for its audience?
Genre Specific
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Sensitive critiquing
1. The critique needs to be directed at the writing, not the individual, so it doesn’t end up being personal.
2 Specifically refer to the aspects of the writing you like, and the things that need to be improved.
The char should summerise the critques made.

RULES for Critiquing.
– Always be positive
– Always give honest and constructive criticism
– Listen Carefully and wholely
– Accept constructive criticisms
– Ask for Clarification
– At the end of Critique take away what you have learned and reflect on the information given
– Redraft

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