1. Respect others and submit or read only the number of pages allowed. Supply enough copies for everyone so they can write line edits and comments. Line edits don’t need to be discussed. Provide a short synopsis if the pages submitted are not the opening ones.
2. Relax and don’t read too fast. If you are nervous about reading, ask someone else to read the material for you.
3. Rein in your ego and don’t argue. If the point is not clear to someone, it doesn’t matter what you intended. The critiquer is only trying to help you improve your writing.
4. Question the critiquer only if you need clarification, but don’t waste time trying to convince her.
5. Write down the criticism under her name as some comments are more valuable than others. If three or more agree, you probably need to take a hard look at the point being made.
6. Control the pace of the comments, move on to the next critiquer or ask for more comments; do what will best help you.
7. Keep an open mind and avoid being defensive about your work. The words are fresh to the listener and the critiquer is not as close to the material as you are.
8. Keep the discussion on your story to save time.
9. Develop a thick skin. Negative feedback will help you improve as a writer. Critiquers offer suggestions – you choose what to change.
10. Thank those who take the time to critique your work. It is valuable time spent away from their own writing.
What do you think should be added to this list?