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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

Stayin' Alive

If you want to make a career of SF writing, STAYING ALIVE - A WRITER'S GUIDE by three-time SFWA President Norman Spinrad, published by your Critter Captain's ReAnimus Press, is an indispensable guide to the inside workings of the SF publishing industry by an expert.

How to Write SF

The Craft of Writing Science Fiction that Sells by Ben Bova, best-selling author and six-time Hugo Award winner for Best Editor. (This is one of the books your ol' Critter Captain learned from himself, and I highly recommend it.) (Also via Amazon)

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]









Comments for: Internet Writing Workshop

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Best workshop. Professional environment, helpful administrators.

beginner or experienced, everyone needs a second pair of eyes, and IWW has lots of good eyes helping authors get their books to the next level.

The IWW is a rich resource for writers of all skill levels. People are there to help each other, and they tolerate neither spam nor flaming. I've been with them for over 10 years.

Discovering the IWW has changed my writing and my approach. I get great insights, suggestions and comments on everything I submit. And this group allows me to pay back all the critters who help.

They were very helpful when I was writing my book _Hidden History of Transportation in Los Angeles_

The Internet Writing Workshop is the best helping group for writers. I've been a member for eight years and have no need or desire for any other.

The Internet Writing Workshop is terrific for three reasons: 1. IWW members give and receive high-quality critiques for our articles. These critiques greatly improve our articles in terms of style and substance. 2. IWW members regularly engage in thoughtful, enlightening, and informative discussions on a wide range of writing and editing topics. 3. IWW members provide support for each other, and we have a happy kind of camaraderie.

with help from members of this workshop, I was able to complete/edit my midwifery memoir, which was then purchased at auction by Scribner for a figure amount, Baby Catcher: Chronicles of a Modern Midwife

The Internet Writing Workshop caters for all writers, no matter where they are on their writing journey. Members strive to offer honest, thoughtful and helpful critiques, and it is a great forum to submit your own work, ask questions, and receive publishing advice. Having a dedicated Admin team, and supportive members, I have learnt so much over the years.

An excellent group for both critical feedback and writer support.

IWW is great for all levels of writers, from beginners, all the way to best sellers (note: to my knowledge, we have no best selling authors in the group, but one can never be too sure. There are some great writers in the group.)

Helpful, supportive group for all levels of writers.

The Internet Writing Workshop has monitored critique groups for fiction, nonfiction, novels, romance, short prose, poetry, scriptwriting, and practice writing: Each have participation requirements. The IWW also has groups discussing the art and craft of writing in general, creative nonfiction, speculative fiction, and marketing. The IWW is a cooperative. Membership is FREE. At the IWW blogspot

IWW is easy to use. No need to log on to a website (or remember a password), the works you need to critique come straight into your box. Also, you get lots of helpful tips from discussions on the writers' list.

Love this workshop which I have been part of for many years. They offer critiques in various genres.

I've been a member for several years and find it extremely valuable, useful.

It's the ideal forum for budding writers. I felt very comfortable while interacting with other members and got valuable feedback which has improved my writing ability.

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