Bring a highlighter and a chunk of your writing (1-3 pages) in as many copies as there are group members.
Exchange writing. Read. Highlight things you like.
At all times be positive.
Find 3-5 things you like.
It’s okay to note, “I drifted off here….”
Or..., “I might change line X, by writing Y….”
NOT TO DO
Banished: You SHOULDS.
Banished: “This didn’t work for me here….”
Banished: “I’m not really your reader.”
Banished: Long-winded discussions about another writer, or a brilliant book you bought in Korea….instead, you must get to the point about the work in front of you.
END OF CRITIQUE
At the end of a critique, the writer will critique the commenting folks, by letting them know whether s/he is now excited to go back and revise. If s/he is excited, then the commenting folks did a great job.