My plan is to have each related area be a separate workshop, housed under the http://www.Critique.org banner. Critters would remain as it is, one of the workshops, the one focused on writing SF/F/H. Beside it would be a workshop/queue for, say, Mystery/Mainstream/... and so on. (I.e., rather than add the other genres into Critters I envision adding workshops alongside Critters.) So it wouldn't change the character of Critters, which seems to be pretty successful so I hate to tinker with it; but it would open the process up to other genres and other artistic fields, which seem like they could benefit from the Critters-like process.
That raises questions...
1) What should the workshop groupings be? Here's my first, back-of-the-envelope list, which I wanted feedback on:
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Critters - SF/F/H
nonfiction - books, articles, blogs...
video based arts
nonfiction - documentary, informational
films (fictional content), long or short, any genre
anime, graphic novels, comics
song writing (e.g. critiquing lyrics, music/etc. that one writes)
song performance - audio / video
web sites (critique web sites one is designing)
apps - iphone/ipad, blackberry, droid...
So... thoughts? Are those groupings good, bad, or ugly? What makes sense? Other areas?
My goal is to keep like artistic endeavors together, but with enough critical mass that there are sufficient members in each workshop to keep it going. Obviously this could be updated over time, but I wanted people's thoughts on whether those were too small or too large, and so on. (Like, should song writing be merged with song performance? Or should song performance be split into audio vs. video separately? That kind of thing.)
2) Should credits from one workshop carry over into another? E.g., if someone has a 75% ratio in documentary films, should they be counted as having a 75% ratio if they submit a horror short story to Critters? Or should they have to earn 75% in Critters separately to earn the right to get their short story critiqued. Similarly, should someone be allowed to earn the 75% mark from critiques half & half in two workshops /etc. ? (From ease of implementation I think I lean toward carry-over, thinking people will rarely step into areas they aren't also critiquing in, but wanted to hear what people thought. And there already is a sort of carry over, in that someone could critique all SF manuscripts but submit a Horror piece.)
3) Woohoo!s -- separate or combined list?
4) Discussion forums for each area -- separate or combined?
5) Other considerations???
I think the general idea is pretty exciting, but lots of little details.
Let me know what y'all think.