A good writers’ group:
- Helps you see things you missed
- Helps you improve your craft
- Gives you needed feedback and support
- By critiquing others, you often see what’s wrong with your own work
How to tell what’s a good group:
- They start on time and end on time
- While they enjoy each other’s company, they are NOT a social group
- They meet at least twice a month
- They make positive comments, before they make suggestions
- The group contains no more than 7 and no fewer than 3.
- Ideally, you are the weakest member of the group. You will learn the
- They don’t read at the meeting, but they hand out copies for people to review at home.
I know this last point will stir controversy, but, except in rare cases, meeting time should be to discuss the various works, not to read them. Read them at home. Study them at least twice and make comments.
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