Feedback, Critique, Editing


Most writers improve their craft by seeking the feedback and constructive criticism of other writers, readers, and editors. Obtaining this type of feedback can be done in a variety of ways: A writer may consider joining an established writing circle or critique group, or starting their own; swapping material with other writers; registering for open writing forums where work can be posted and assessed; joining a class where written works are “workshopped” in a structured environment; obtaining one-time assessments of small portions of their work (such as a Blue Pencil session); hiring an editor. However feedback is obtained, it is a necessary part of developing one’s craft. As a newer writer, knowing how and where to find feedback may prove to be a challenge.

  • Why you need feedback
  • If you’re a newbie
  • Who will give you feedback
  • Giving feedback
  • Receiving feedback
  • Finding a writing circle
  • Starting a writing circle
  • Blue Pencil sessions
  • One-on-one sessions
  • Pitch sessions
  • An introduction to editors
  • Types of editing
  • What to expect from an editor
  • What to look for in an editor
  • Working with an editor
  • How editors create estimates
  • Learn more about editing
  • WCDR’s directory of editors
  • Ask an editor