Critique Groups

What is a Critique Group?

A critique group is a gathering of writers who get together in order to read each others’ work and give constructive criticism.

How does one find a Critique Group?

That’s where we come in! At SouthWest Writers, we love helping authors connect with each other. If you are searching for a critique group, or are looking for another member to join your already existing circle, please email Kathy W., Webmaster, or Kathy S., Sage Editor, and we’ll publish your request.

SWWriters looking for a group or for new members, please include in your email:

  1. your name
  2. email address and/or phone number (this will be posted publicly in both the Sage and on our website)
  3. preference of fiction or nonfiction or a mix of the two
  4. which genres you are looking for
  5. geographic location (Belen, NW, Heights, near UNM, etc.)
  6. anticipated frequency and date of meetings if known (i.e. second and fourth Tuesday, evenings)

Writers Seeking a Critique Group

Short Fiction/Nonfiction   Evenings/weekends   Nob Hill area preferred, but is flexible
Contact Sara:

My name is Kristi Goldade. I’ve recently relocated to Albuquerque and would like to join a SouthWest Writers critique group. Here is my info: – (701) 640-9544. I’m open to reading both fiction and non-fiction, would like feedback on my essays and short non-fiction.  I am located near UNM/Nob Hill – but am flexible about location,  and would like to meet at least twice per month in the late afternoon/evenings

Veronica Tiller: I am interested in joining a critique group for non-fiction biography and memoir.  My preferences for location are the NE area of ABQ, UNM area, and North Valley (in that order). Twice a month is preferable, anytime from Monday to Thursday is good.  (505) 328-9772

I am a SWW member, and am looking for a critique group.  Stephen  Fiction, historical fiction, non-fiction, memoir North Valley, but am flexible Twice a month is preferred

Critique Groups Seeking Members

All Genres
The Wordwrights:
Don Morgan and Dennis Kastendiek moderate
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, Room 1, 1st floor
Mondays, 1:30-3:30 pm

Erna Fergusson Library
3rd Saturday every month, 12:00-2:00 pm
To share, bring 5 copies of 5 pages max., double-spaced

Critique Group—Santa Fe
We are looking for new members for our children’s and YA critique group. We are a group of serious writers, both published and unpublished and are located in Santa Fe. I taught in the MFA program in writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.  Contact:  Mark Karlins at

Erna Fergusson Library
2nd Wednesday every month, 4:00-6:00 pm
With interest, can change date/time
Wally Gordon, 281-1227,
Chris Enke, 867-3131,

Genre, Novel Length
Reviewing ready-to-query novels
2nd Tuesday every month, 7:00 pm

Mainstream Fiction
Online Critique Group
Christie Keele,

Mixed Genres
Looking for two energetic members
NE Albuquerque, members take turns hosting
Every other Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Include a one-page sample of your writing

Just forming, wants to meet 1-2 times/month
Los Lunas or within 15 mile radius
Olive Balla, 865-5315 (Landline) or 550-0011 (Cell)

The Intrepids is a long-standing critique group
Members take turns hosting
Every other Monday, 3:00-5:00 pm
Gail Rubin, 265-7215 or

Send name/writing experience to
Cosmic Connection SF Critique Group:

Duke City Screenwriters
Every other Thursday, 6:00-9:00 pm
Terry Hicks,
or Marc Calderwood,

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