"There's an element of searching and an element of matching. You're looking for people you can share a piece of your creative self with, for people you want to spend time on, for people who can help you become a stronger writer—a tribe or community. So a good fit is important."
The above is from Brooke McIntyre, founder of Inked Voices, a site where writers workshop in small, private online groups. She has a guest blog post entitled "How to Find the Right Critique Group or Partner for You" (June 10, 2015) on JaneFriedman.com.
I have to admit, it's one of the best posts I've read in recent memory on critique/partner groups. And what makes this post even more valuable is that Ms. McIntyre links to networking opportunities, online critique sites, review communities, and more.
Here are the topics covered in the post:
A. What to Look For in a Partner or Group1. Shared Direction, Similar Stage2. A Workable Pace3. People Enjoy the Writing and Feel Comfortable Critiquing It
B. So, How Do You Go About Actually Finding One of These Groups?1. Writing Associations2. Conferences and Retreats3. Meetup4. Participate in a "Mo"5. Other Networking Opportunities6. Online Critique Sites7. Review Communities8. Email and WordPress Groups
Even if you already participate in a critique group, I suspect you'll find some worthwhile tidbits in this post. So check it out on JaneFriedman.com. One caveat, however: Both Jane Friedman and Brooke McIntyre are in the editor-for-hire business (Aren't we all?) so they do tend to mention their own products when the opportunity arises.