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Critique Guidelines

RMFW offers regular, general critique groups as well as genre-specific critique groups for members interested in feedback on works in progress, cover letters or synopses. Critiques include technical advice and other writers' opinions regarding characters, plot, dialogue, and suitability for the marketplace.

Members are encouraged to attend critiques. Whether your interest is mystery, romance, historical, mainstream, or speculative fiction, we offer a critique group to fit your needs. Contact information for these groups is listed in the Members Area.

You must be a member of RMFW to join an RMFW critique group, though nonmembers may visit and observe three critique group meetings before deciding if RMFW membership is right for them.

There are several critique groups available to RMFW members. However, you might not fit with any of the groups listed. If that is your situation, don't despair. You can now place a 'want-ad' in our newsletter. Here are some examples to give you an idea.

Finding a Group Example

Fantasy/Science Fiction writer in Aurora is looking for a group for a novel length WIP
Willing to follow the standard RMFW format,
Early evenings on the weekdays work best
Willing to join a mixed genre group or all spec fiction group.
Willing to send audition pages
Member of IPAL
Willing to drive to Parker or Denver, but something in Aurora would be fantastic.

Starting a Group Example

Two fiction writers looking for 4-8 more fiction writers to start a mixed genre critique group.
We hope to meet every other week on Saturday mornings for 2 hours and critique two pieces of work.
We plan to have a monthly writing challenge with an opportunity to read your work.
Meeting place to be determined
Call Jen at 303.555.1234

Growing a Group Example

Established group in East Denver looking to add 3 or 4 new members
Mixed genre/read and critique live
Copy services on site!
Meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm
2369 S. Trenton Way, Denver

Looking for a Beta-Reader Example

Fantasy writer looking for beta-reader. Willing to read up to 150K novel and provide plot/scene craft feedback for same of my work.
Not a reliable copy/line editor.
20+ years moderating critique groups
Contest judge
IPAL member
Call Trent: 303.555.5678

Please note that this is not a place to advertise paid services. To list your ad, send it to Monica Poole,, Critique Groups Chair. The deadline for the newsletter is the 23rd of each month. You will receive confirmation that your ad has been received and when you can expect it to show up. Here's to happy and productive connections!

Local Critique Groups


Aurora Critique Group
Panera Bread at 12293 E Iliff Ave (Iliff & Peoria)
6:30 p.m to 8:30 p.m.
Meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the Month
Contact Susie Brooks, prior to attending.
Open to all genres. Limited capacity.


Mixed Genre Critique Group
Short Story, Novel, Script
Meets every other Saturday in Berthoud
9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Contact Wanda Tierney
Open to all genres. Limited capacity.


Boulder-County General Genre
Boulder County Fiction Writers is an established group of professional fiction writers and those diligently working on commercial fiction. The group meets Mondays from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and interested writers can contact us for meeting location and directions. .
For information, contact Julie Paschen,
or go to our website.

Foothills Critique
Meets in east Boulder every Wednesday, 6:00 p.m.
Contact Gregg Jansen
Commercial Fiction, audition required.

Colorado Springs

Two women’s fiction writers
Two women’s fiction writers looking for 2-4 more authors of women’s fiction or romance for a critique group.
We currently meet every other week on Thursday afternoons at the East Library. Meeting time and place could be adjusted for new members.
Meetings are 2 hours. Work is sent by email one week prior to the meeting.
Audition pages required prior to invitation to join.


Capitol Hill Critique
Meets Thursdays, 7:00 p.m.
Tears McFarlane House, 13th & Williams in Denver
Contact Steve Reinsma,
Dave Barton,
Open to all genres.

South Denver
Meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Iliff & Quebec area
suspended/looking for a new location/moderator
Contact Monica Poole,
(303) 618-4374
Open to new writers.

South Denver
Meets Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.
Iliff & Quebec area
Contact Monica Poole,
(303) 618-4374
Open to all genres.


Belmar Critique Group
Meets Wednesdays at Belmar Panera Bread
650 S Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood CO 80226
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Contact Trish Hermanson,
Open to all genres.
If you're interested in joining us, please visit our website and fill in our contact form.


Littleton Writers - Tuesday
Meets Tuesdays at Southwest Plaza Panera Bread
Meets Thursdays at Aspen Grove Tattered Cover
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Open to all genres.
If you're interested in joining us, please visit our website and fill in our contact form.

Fantasy Online & In-person Critique group
Meets 24/7 in forum on
Meets one Tuesdays a month in-person at Enchanted Grounds Littleton
all other Tuesdays via Skype
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Contact Wendy Howard,
Open to Fantasy & Speculative Fiction writers only

Loveland/Fort Collins

Fort Collins Open Genre
Meets every Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Contact Phyllis Neher,
Requires audition, space limited.


Panera Bread
US 36 at McCaslin, Louisville/Superior
1st Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m.
3rd Sunday of the month, 2-5 p.m.
Plot Brainstorming Options
Contact Lynda Hilburn,


93rd Street Irregulars
Meets second and fourth Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m.
Contact Don Callaway,
Requires audition, space limited.

Rodeo Market Community Arts Center
Meets alternating Mondays, 7:00 p.m.
3915 W. 73rd Ave. (between Bradburn and Lowell)
Contact Rich Chamberlain,
(720) 252-4746

Western Slope

Western Slope Critique Group
Meets first and third Tuesdays
Main Grand Junction Library
Contact Jane Miller,
(316) 680-3542
Open to all genres.