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TWWS is official blog of an online critique group. See below if you wish to join the critique group.

is an online critique group. We have been in existance - in one form or another - since the early 1990's. We are a closed community, but are open to new members who meet our standards for qualification. Prior publication is not a requirement, though many of our members have been published since joining TWWS!

If you are interested in joining TWWS Critique Group please submit a short bio and sample of your writing to DKSYD@aol.com for consideration.

Only TWWS Members may post to this community.

This is a forum for inspiration, sharing tips and hints, and keeping up with important information. Stories will continue to be shared via the weekly critique queue. Please DO NOT post stories to be critiqued, picspams, or jokespams here! They will be deleted.

The following are welcome as posts for the t_w_w_s community:
Remember to use LJ CUTS for anything longer than a prompt (if you don't know how to do this, please use the FAQ in the help center before posting)

1. Writing prompts of any sort -- first line "story starters," topic suggestions, inspirational settings, or whatever has worked for you in the past! Anyone who wishes may complete the prompt and post their response in the "comments" section of that post.
2. Reviews of informational books and articles. This should include the title and author of the work, and if it's a magazine article, the name of the magazine and date of publication of the article. Comments may include responses to the article, more information about the subject, or the names of additional works the members might find useful.
3. Overviews, summaries, and quotes from informational books and articles. This should include the title and author of the work, and if it's a magazine article, the name of the magazine and date of publication of the article. Also remember your quotation marks around direct quotes! Comments may include responses to the article, more information about the subject, or the names of additional works the members might find useful.
4. Author Interviews. Either post excerpts and quotes, or you can post an entire short interview if you wish. Comments may include responses to the work, additional information about the author, or additional works about the author.
5. "This Is Me" Forms, completed of course. Comments are not necessary unless you want to say something along the lines of "Welcome to the Group."

The "This Is Me" Form

Copy the following and paste it into the post. Fill in the blank spaces with your own information. Remember to have your post set to "HTML" instead of to "Rich Text."

This Is Me

Name I prefer to be called:

Name I write under:

Where in the world do I write (general area is fine):

When I started writing:

What I usually write (genre, length, whatever):

Where I usually write (describe in detail your personal writing area):

I have been published in the following (if you haven't, you can just delete this line until you have been!):

What I hope for my writing:

Advice I'd give to a new writer:

Anyone may comment to a journal post. See above paragraph for commenting guidelines.

TWWS Critique Group Guidelines

1. Members may not submit writing for critique until they have critiqued at least two times.

2. Members must critique at least once in between submissions to remain in good standing, unless an excuse is granted by Max Molloy. Deadlines are usually Monday, noon LONDON time.

3. Critiques must follow the format given below - members who fail to follow proper critique etiquette will be warned, then beaten about the head with a dead mackerel suspended from critiquing for a period to be decided by the officers.

4. Members may not use information from other members (email address, journal ID, website URL, or any other data) for any purpose other than critique and polite social interaction - any spamming, soliciting, advertisements, or other such unprofessional contacts will be reported to the proper authorities.

5. If submitting a work of erotica, members will include a prominent warning in the heading so that any member averse to such writing will have the option not to read it.

6. Members will follow the laws of their respective countries if/when writing erotica: all characters in any fiction must be over the age of consent.

7. It should go without saying that all works submitted for critique are copyright and not to be reproduced except in critiques.

8. Members may not re-submit the same work unless significant re-writing has been done and Max Molloy has authorized such submission.


1. Critiques will take the following format*:

a) Point out (or quote) a specific area of text that "does not work"
b) Explain in specific detail how you would fix this area
c) Point out especially good areas and treat them the same way


"I found the following paragraph [quote paragraph] to be difficult to follow as the pronouns were not very clear. I was not sure exactly who "he" was supposed to be, nor who was speaking at all times." Quote from submission. "Perhaps if you changed the wording to this:" Write your version of the excerpt.


"I particularly enjoyed this part - [quote good bits] - because of your detailed descriptions of the countryside as the character rode through it. It made me remember summers when my family would visit my cousins in the country."

Total NO-NO's:

"This sucks!"


"This is the worst thing I've ever read!

2. Critique the writing, not the writer! Any criticism will be:

a) constructive
b) targeted at specific problems
c) non-judgmental
d) something you would not mind hearing yourself

3. Email ONE copy of the critique to the author by the deadline. Email a SECOND copy to BALSKANDER@aol.com.

*OR ELSE! Members who cannot critique politely will be asked to leave the group. There will be no flaming, angst, melodrama, whinging, pouting, revenge-critiquing, or any other childishness in this critique group. If you can't be a professional writer, please go back to Wherever You Came From

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