What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
CC — A site that delivers
Living in a non-english speaking country, my greatest contact with other english-speaking writers is through the internet. For the past couple years I've been looking for a writing comunity that met my needs, and where my talents and abilities could grow and be of use to others. Many are the writing sites that promise, but so far, Critique Circle is the only one that delivers.
The administrators here have succeeded in finding the right balance between critiques, submissions, and support functions. They also work hard to develop and maintain a community, which is uplifting, and where everyone, from young inexperienced writers to mature published authors, feels the satisfaction of both giving and receiving help. They have avoided both the undue pressure and acidity experienced at other writing sites. Not only that, the admin is dedicated to continually improving this site.
I have found my participation here to be more valuable than the university creative writing course I took. What I get from my fellow members here are objective, truthful, yet polite, tailor-made critiques that hold up a literary mirror for me to see the areas where my writing is sloppy, ugly, or just plain wrong. Their gentle coaching has helped me see those things for myself, and even understand the need for the changes. I feel my writing has grown by leaps and bounds since I've been here, and I've even had the satisfaction of hearing my fellow writers praise the help my critiques have offered them.
There is no other site that delivers like this one, and it just keeps getting better.
Steve Reid Södertälje (near Stockholm), Sweden Member since 10 Jul 2004
Critique Circle is an online writing workshop for all authors, whether they write literary fiction, genre fiction, articles or short stories. Our purpose is to provide a place for writers to give and receive feedback on their work, and thereby learn from one another. The Critique Circle also includes forums as well as helpful writing tools for manuscript progress, submission tracking, character generation and more.
Workshops can be an invaluable resource to writers as they are a great way to get feedback and suggestions on their manuscripts, as well as providing a social forum for interaction with other writers. Online workshops such as the Critique Circle have the added advantage of being accessible at any time and from any location regardless of geography.
Membership to the Critique Circle is free and we welcome everyone interested in using an online forum to improve their writing skills while helping others improve theirs. Critique Circle is open to all genres, including science-fiction, fantasy, romance, children's novels, horror and suspense.
We've endeavored to make Critique Circle as writer-friendly and secure as possible. People have full control over their submissions, including the ability to either hide them from all other users or delete them at any time. People can also choose to have the stories only visible to those who regularly critique, or those who have critted in the past month. We believe this feature will make people feel more secure about using the critique forum.
Those supporting the Critique Circle also have the option to form their own private critique groups, integrated into the global critique system.
Some statistics on Critique Circle
During the last 7 days 149 stories have been submitted totalling 408,532 words.
During the last 7 days 888 critiques have been submitted totalling 454,890 words.
133 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 48,233 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 107,220 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 517,292 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 21 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 26,247,595 times.
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