Critique Groups


For information about any of these groups, please email the group leader by clicking on their name.

Children’s Lit Group         Leader Sarah Pressler
This group meets at noon on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, immediately after the drop-in critique. The group is currently full.


Science Fiction – Fantasy Group          Leaders Bill Baynes and Frank Nissen
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month, at 2:30 pm. The group meets at Flames Restaurant and Tap house, 13434 Lincoln Way, #3215, Auburn, in the Raley’s shopping center. Please email the group leaders for further information.


Memoir Group: Words Boundaries          Leader Philip Jacques
This group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm at Atwood Business Park, 11768 Atwood Rd, Auburn. Currently full.



Novel Writers Group          Leader Mary Helen Fein
This group meets on the 2nd Saturday of the month for 3 hours, from 1:00 pm – 4:00 at Mary Helen’s home. For more info please email


Evening Mixed Genre Group       Leader Karen Clay
This group meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month at 5:45 pm, now meeting at the Pizza Factory at 13470 Lincoln Way, in Auburn.


Flash Fiction Group      Leader Chery Anderson
This group meets by email. They write 100-word stories in response to writing prompts. New members are welcome.  If you want to participate, please email the group leader by clicking the above link.



Poetry Workshop         Leader Georgette Unis
This group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, from noon to 2pm.This group is a “Poetry Workshop,” which both critiques poems that participants would like to have critiqued, and also enjoys poems that people wish to share while exploring the skill of creating poems. Newcomers are welcome.



Inspirational Group         Leader Betsy Schwarzentraub

This group meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12:00 noon in the Rose Room at City Hall, following the general critique meeting. Bring your own lunch. Almost any kind of writing can be inspirational! Bring six copies of your piece to hand out. Writers and readers are welcome.



Memoir Share Group         Leader Terry Wicks
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month from noon to 2:00 pm. This group emphasizes sharing and caring, not in-depth critiquing. The group is open to new members.



 Fast Track Group        Leader Libby Taylor Worden

This group meets weekly, sending five pages of a work nearing completion, to each other by email before the meeting. Currently full.


NOTE: You must be a current member of Gold Country Writers in good standing, to join one of the above groups and for your work to be critiqued. Guests are welcome to participate in the process, but their work cannot be critiqued or discussed.


Critique Group Coordinator: Sarah Pressler