Inked Voices has an intuitive interface that makes it easy to provide detailed critiques with inline comments. It is possible to do all the same things using email and the review menus in MS Word attachments, but the result is mess of downloaded files and there is no easy way to compare comments from different editors. There are lots of other cool features, but it's well worth the modest fee for this alone.
As I began the second draft of my novel, I began looking for a high-quality, collaborative online workshop to help me with editing. I had tried several other sites before and given up. I stumbled across Inked Voices by accident and I was hooked immediately by its simplicity, the personal interest helping me find a suitable group, and the small-group intimacy. Brooke was great in helping me find my way and continues to be accessible and open to ideas. She is keenly focused on enhancing the site so members can improve their writing and build friendships with critique partners. I have found several groups with whom I’ve become close. My groups have schedules and I can depend on members participating. The credit and submission criteria are straightforward and 100% in the hands of the group. The quality of writing and reviews have been dramatically better here than elsewhere and I have seen a marked improvement both in my writing and my ability to provide effective critiques. I feel part of an intimate community, and am overjoyed with the experience.
Inked Voices has been a wonderful critiquing tool and writing community. I enjoy the connections forged with other writers, and the tools are sophisticated, intuitive and easy to use.
I live in a community where I've found it challenging to connect with other writers. Inked Voices gives me the community, accountability and support I need to continue my growth as a writer.
I love it! It really is the first crit group I've belonged to that has truly helped my writing. In the year I've been here, the novel I've been working on has just improved tremendously. Between the two groups I'm in, I've been getting some really wonderful, constructive feedback.
Brooke (founder of InkedVoices) is always willing to help you with anything you need to have a positive experience on the site, and she cares about the people who have joined our writing community. I think that's what makes IV unique--it's constantly evolving because Brooke wants us all to be invested in it and each other so we can all be successful.
I was led to Inked Voices through an online class with the Gotham Writers Workshop. On a technical level, the site is beautiful, easy to navigate, and conducive to the discussion and feedback that keeps a critique group alive and flourishing. From the discussion boards to the user-friendly critique interface, everything has been designed and built with the writer and critiquer in mind. But more than just the site, I am in love with the supportive presence of Brooke McIntyre, its founder. I started a new group for short fiction writers, and she was there from the get go, offering to answer questions, and checking in. She even gave me notes on other groups I could join whose genre-focus and style of feedback were a good fit for what I was seeking. Her receptivity to feedback on the site itself is first-rate. By being on Inked Voices, I've joined a community of writers that feels as alive and educational for me as anything I have ever experienced in-person. I encourage every growth-seeking writer to try it.
I had not heard of Inked Voices before I did, and won, camp NanoWriMo July 2014. I am relatively new to novel writing, and some people who proofread for me suggested that a critique group might be a good idea for me, so I was pleased to see that this group was one of the official sponsors. Since I have been a member, I am getting to know people in the small critique groups within Inked Voices, and I have set two groups up myself. I have also received some critiques. Inked Voices is well organised, and a great place to meet fellow writers and discuss and review your work. I have already spread the word about it to people! A great place to start if, like me, you're just starting out in writing.
Inked Voices was created with the writer’s workshop in mind. My private Creative Non-fiction group helps me see things that I would have missed on my own and serves as a filter before I workshop my pieces at the New School, allowing me to focus on the heart of the story instead of worrying about the nuts and bolts. It would be ideal for campus workshops because the in-line critiques are often more comprehensive than those done on hard copies. It also saves the paper we burn through with all the necessary revisions.
After just one month as a member, Inked Voices has given me the support, stability, and structure to achieve deadlines of both a personal and professional nature. I highly recommend this tool for writers of all skill levels, ages, and genres with dreams of one day sharing their words with the rest of the world. Happy writing!
Inked Voices is a such great place! I started writing PB's in 2014, and struggled big-time in finding a solid critique group. I started a local critique group, but it was/is hard to find folks dedicated enough to keep coming back. I tried a few online critique groups, but they always seemed disorganized or like it was not the right fit. (You know how there are some people whose stories you put a lot of time into critiquing, only to get a one-liner back on yours? Or just different style/level of writing, different stages in the writing journey?) Inked Voices solves all of those problems! It's well-organized- the site is easy to use and navigate. If you participate in the group critique sessions, the deadlines and expectations of you are clear. The quality of the writing and critiquing is great. So far, my experience has been that these writers are well-read and serious about improving their craft. Also.. while it would be easy to find a consistent critique group at Inked Voices, if that's what you're looking for, I really like these group critiques that happen a few times a year. For one, it's a different mix of writers each time, so you get to meet a lot of people-which is cool. Also, I never was good at that once-a-month critique group thing... I have a busy schedule, so producing something once a month stresses me out. I do better with presenting things when they are ready, in their own good time. At the same time, I also very much need deadlines- just not as rigorous as once-a-month. So, these group critiques (with or without an agent/editor) that occur a few times a year are perfect for me! Also, as a member you get access to webinars that they host, as well as an entire archive of previous webinars that Inked Voices has hosted. The two main things I get out of Inked Voices are: 1- great critiques on stories that truly help push my story forward and 2- new friends. :)
I grew up on Gotham's online classes and have yearned for an online writing group ever since. With Inked Voices I found a great writing group and a site with first class functionality. The critique and review pages are smooth, intuitive and helpful for both the people critiquing and the person submitting. It crushes anything out there!
As a writer, I feel that constructive criticism is essential to the process. Having a group of fellow authors who can provide objective insight on your work makes all the difference when it comes refining your story and belonging to a writer’s group provides that kind of support and encouragement. The problem with most such groups is that they meet in person and that involves time, travel in inclement weather, and the need to coordinate everyone’s busy schedule. Inked Voices provides the ideal solution. Your group can share ideas online, submit work for others to critique, and provide feedback to fellow writers. The group I belong to has members from all parts of the country as well as Europe. We met while taking an online class and Inked Voices has allowed us to continue to work together to improve as writers. If you’re looking to form your own writing community and are looking for an effective way to make that happen, I highly recommend Inked Voices.
I came to Inked Voices through a poet-friend as an opportunity to join a community of other women poets who would provide each other feedback on our work in a safe environment. I have found the Inked Voices critiquing tool to be easy to navigate and user friendly, with the capability to give line-by-line and overall, high-level feedback. What has been so valuable to me is the virtual workshop environment has allowed all of us to share work in progress in a timely manner and get the early feedback we need to go improve our work. Thank you to founder Brooke McIntyre for creating such a useful and community-building site!
Inked Voices has become an interesting and informative way to get others to look at my work. These fellow writers, who were previously unknown to me and have no preconceived opinions, give honest and encouraging support. Thoroughly recommended.
For several years, I searched for a literary home. I tried several in-person workshops, classes, and countless online writing communities. I knew what I was looking for but that something did not appear until I found Inked Voices. What does Inked Voices have that so many other communities lack? For one thing, its size makes it possible to feel like a small town with a big reach, meaning tons of diversity in membership and offerings. For the first time in my life, I found myself in a critique group with writers of similar levels of professionalism and accomplishment. Inked Voices also offers workshops about agents and author platforms and all of that non-writing stuff that used to terrify me. The membership fee is very affordable and the founder, Brooke, is committed to building a community, which means that member proposed ideas are actually seen through. Perhaps the best part of Inked Voices is the openness and positive vibe in the community. I’ve found critiques to be precise, pointed, but always constructive and encouraging. And Brooke is constantly making herself available, to help fledgling groups find their roots, to help new writers find groups that are a good fit, and to continually expand what the community offers. If you’re looking to be part of a group of writers who are committed to both their craft and to a literary community, I highly recommend Inked Voices. It’s made a huge difference in my life: I’m a happier writer and certainly a more skillful and resourceful one since I joined.