Support/Critique Groups

Writers need support from other writers, and critique groups are a great way to get feedback and support other writers at the same time. Our groups are a great benefit for our members. Non-members may audit a group before joining with approval from the group leader. 

Third Sundays:

Craft Group

Every month before our meeting, we hold a 1-hour craft discussion group at noon, open to members and prospective members.

Marketing Support Group

One of our club’s best perks is a support group for the hardest part of writing: marketing your work. Leaders and experts teach the latest marketing skills, and members hold each other accountable to their goals. The marketing group meets before monthly meetings. Read more about it here.

Third Saturdays:

Five Page Group

Our longest-running critique group reviews prose-fiction, nonfiction, query letters, proposals. Meets year-round on 3rd Saturday of each month, 1-5 p.m., in the 2nd-floor meeting room of the Rockridge Library, 5366 College Avenue, Oakland, CA 94618. Attendance averages 16 people. Eight manuscripts are reviewed in the order of arrival after manuscripts left over from the previous meeting are reviewed. First-timers are welcome to bring a submission or simply sit in.

Bring 15 copies of up to five pages, numbered, double-spaced, with indented paragraphs. On first page provide title and author’s name, and note if submission is fiction or nonfiction. If the pages submitted are part of a larger work and not the beginning, include a brief one-paragraph synopsis.  Participants read silently on-site, marking pages, and discussion follows. Readers sign the drafts they have worked on. More information at writefox at aol dot com.

Second Thursdays:

Poetry Group

“Poetrope” meets second Thursday evenings in Berkeley for inspiration, perspiration, and association. Watch for our events listed by our Facebook Page. Contact Leena Prasad at leena at fishridingabike dot com.

Other Times:

Memoir Group

“Writing Ourselves” meets monthly in cafes and member’s homes on Friday afternoons. We read pages (not out loud) during the meeting and discuss. Contact Wendy Sonenson at at ‘wendysonenson’ at gmail for further information!

Younger Writers Group

“Voices Breaking Barriers” is a creative writers critique group based in the Oakland/Berkeley area. We are writing short stories and novels of any genre, and character-driven non-fiction story-telling such as memoir (not poetry). We discuss and assist writers on storyline, character, author’s voice, character’s narrative voice, language, and structure.

We especially seek voices that strive to break through barriers to be heard, and younger writers who reveal our present and speak to our future. We express our deepest concerns and truths, and are wide open to learning the craft of writing, and listening to and learning from critiques.

We focus on communicating with readers and getting published. Please contact Bruce Shiguera at bshiguera at comcast dot net.


Google Group

Our online member forum is a way to connect with other club members for support, and is especially great for those who can’t make it to meetings. Click here to request membership!

Would you like to form a new critique or support group?

Members of our branch can start groups to suit their interests or needs. Please write to us at our berkeley.cwc gmail address with meeting time, meeting place and the critique process you plan to use. We will provide guidelines and an insurance form.

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