What is Critique Circle all about? What do our members say? Some Statistics
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I make next to nothing. College is an impossibility. Writing workshops always cost money and never seem to be near me. I can't even afford a car, let alone long trips without pay from my regular job. CC has been the only solution to fit my needs.
The fact that CC is volunteer supported and donation funded means it fits in my budget. Free fits in anyone's budget. I like that they keep a Tit-for-Tat listing so I know who has helped me. It lets me return the favor of a good critique. It also helps me connect with people I would never have met on my own. An English teacher with four published stories on the market? I'd never find someone like that next door. A novelist willing to help teach concise writing? Maybe once in a lifetime at a book signing. Yet these are people I've met through CC, as strange as it may sound. Every skill level is here, even my dismal one.
And my dismal skills are not staying dismal. Since becoming involved in CC I've written more actual narrative fiction than the last two years of poking around in a private journal. In just a month I've been handed dozens of helpful links to other writers' blogs about how to write better. I've even been introduced to the Turkey City Lexicon, and found more flaws in my writing than I could safely beat with a stick. Things I took as good writing before I have since learned makes editors roll their eyes and groan.
And then there are the forums. A place where I can exchange ideas, links, or just procrastinate with other writers. There are threads dedicated to helping writers find that ideal hook for a story, or word games to help creative thinking. The best part is, I can ask a whole community for input on the most neonate questions and receive a courteous reply in a day or two. Just the courteous reply alone is rare on the internet.
Toss out the old adage "you get what you pay for". CC gives me more than any pay site ever offered. They were kind enough to even hand me a free premium membership simply because I kept myself active in the community. When's the last time you got something without strings on the internet?
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 147 stories have been submitted totalling 376,802 words.
During the last 7 days 965 critiques have been submitted totalling 527,343 words.
121 members have joined Critique Circle during the last 7 days.
A total of 68,687 people have registered on Critique Circle.
A total of 135,016 stories have been submitted to Critique Circle.
A total of 678,050 critiques have been submitted to Critique Circle.
There are currently 44 members logged in.
Critique Circle has been visited 40,021,608 times.