My weekly critters email had a link to a survey on online critiquing.
I completed the simple survey, which I don't think will be that informative for the masters student conducting it, unless a lot of people, like me, write lengthy comments in the comments box at the end.
The survey listened 10 online critiquing groups - I know there are hundreds more than that - including one which I am already a member of: critters.org
The names of two others got my attention:
Online Writing Workshop for SF and F
Other Worlds Writers Workshop.
I went and had a look at both. The Online Writing Workshop costs money, $45 (US?) a year and I have an aversion to paying for critiques. It said that if you were really lucky one of their professional editors might choose your story to critique.
The Other Worlds Writer's Workshop guidelines spoke to me, so I went and joined up, through Yahoo, which I try to avoid because of their fascist tendency to hand over information to governments who trample over people's human rights.
Yahoo informed me that OWWW only has 45 members, but hey, they might be committed, and one of the problems with critters.org is there are just too many people so it is hard to create a critiquing relationship with anyone.
The other listed online writers groups were:
Comprehensive Books and Writers Forum
Internet Writing Workshop
Slushpile (just the name doesn't evoke much confidence)
Short Story Group.
I dream of finding the perfect critiquing group, full of science fiction writers who are committed to giving and receiving quality feedback. This group would have a mixture of published authors and non-published writers and have other Australian members. The members would be informed about what is happening in the world and what is predicted to happen in years to come, and therefore, most of them would be centre to left in their politics, because I find the more informed people are the more concerned they are about the world and where it is heading, and I am yet to meet a right winger who cares much for anything but themselves.
I don't give myself much hope of finding this perfect critiquing group, but I will continue to search. Until then, what I need is constructive feedback on my writing, preferably from people who are familiar with science fiction.