Get your writing in shape for submission with this intensive critique group. Under the guidance of professional coach and published author Lori DeBoer, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot and strengthen your stories. Through critiquing other people’s pieces and having your own critiqued, you’ll gain a greater understanding of what makes a story work. Weekly writing exercises, spot-training and on-the-fly instruction will aid you in getting into peak writing performance so you can reach your publication goals.

The Boulder Writers’ Workshop Critique Group will meet at 6 p.m. on Friday, March 27, 2015, at the Boulder Book Store, 1107 Pearl Street.

FOR STANDARD AND PROFESSIONAL BWW MEMBERS WHOSE DUES ARE CURRENT. NO EXCEPTIONS. 

You must be logged in your Boulder Writers’ Workshop GroupSpaces account at to reserve your spot, purchase a ticket, load your piece to be read or read submitted pieces.

Get your writing in shape for submission with this intensive critique group. Under the guidance of professional coach and published author Lori DeBoer, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot and strengthen your stories. Through critiquing other people’s pieces and having your own critiqued, you’ll gain a greater understanding of what makes a story work. Weekly writing exercises, spot-training and on-the-fly instruction will aid you in getting into peak writing performance so you can reach your publication goals.

Attendees must agree to read and critique other’s work for the evening. We will spend 45 minutes discussing each writers’ submissions (for a total of 90 minutes); the rest of the time will be spent on activities designed to increase your knowledge and skill base, including lectures on topics pertinent to the week’s pieces, in-class writing exercises and group coaching.

About the Facilitator:
Author and Writing Coach Lori DeBoer, who has an MFA in creative writing, has helped hundreds of clients and students achieve their writing and publication goals.  Her clients have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, been a finalist for the Flannery O’ Connor Award for Short Fiction, won a Tin House Literary Award and won or placed in both the Zebulon Awards and the Colorado Gold Awards.   They have been published by Yotzeret Publishing, Melange, Greenleaf and Candlewick Press. See www.lorideboer.net, for more details.

The Details:

Attendees may submit in any narrative genre—essays, straight nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, memoir, genre fiction, literary novels, short stories, magazine articles and screenplays—except poetry, picture books and journals. You may submit any draft, but we prefer pages to be proofread.

  • $75 for critique of any number of pieces up to a total of 5,000 words.
  • Limit 12 participants, first come-first served
  • Registration REQUIRED. NO EXCEPTIONS!
  • We will critique the work of two writers per session.
    • If we do not have two writers to critique, we will shorten the duration of the class by 45 minutes.
    • In the interest of fairness, members are limited to one submission per quarter, or four per year. (That number will increase if there is enough interest to meet more frequently.)
    • Authors must sign up for a spot and submit their pages two weeks ahead of time.
    • Attendees must agree to read the pages and make comments for that week, as well as read our critique guidelines.

You must purchase your tickets and load your piece up two weeks before our meeting date (in this case, February 13).  We will be using the BWW private GroupSpaces site–forum, ticketing venue and file space–to manage this group.

Manuscript Formatting Guidelines:

• Manuscript should adhere to standard formats, as a MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENT (otherwise you will not receive comments from the facilitator).  The piece will distributed as PDF to others.
• Include author name, title, word count, e-mail and genre information at the top of each manuscript being submitted
• Double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman with at least one-inch margins to allow for notes
• Pages should be numbered
• Please do not include photos or other formatting irregularities
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the Boulder Writers’ Workshop critique group different from other, free critique groups?

The Boulder Writers’ Workshop critique group is run with the same quality as a graduate-level workshop that you would find at an MFA program. Because the workshop is professionally facilitated, the author who has their manuscript critiqued by the group comes away with a clearer view of the challenges and strengths of each piece on a professional level, as well as marketability. A professional facilitator is also able to teach participants how an editor or agent assesses work and how to go about submitting for publication.

Why are you charging for the opportunity to be critiqued?

The cost of submitting a piece helps defray the time spent organizing the meeting, reading manuscripts and facilitating the group, which will require about seven hours. It will also help offset administrative costs and overhead. You are also getting the services of a well-established professional writing coach, whose clients have won national awards and been widely published.