Local Writer’s Groups

Do you belong to a local writer’s group?  When I moved, one of the ways that I thought I could meet like-minded people in my community was through a writer’s group.  A writing friend introduced me to a local chapter.

After joining both the local chapter and the state organization, I found that as in most things there were good aspects and not so good.  My chapter is made up of a lot of poets so there’s a high focus on poetry.  The programs are a mix of speakers and open readings sessions.  The speakers are diverse which is… Continue reading

Writers’ Groups — From Heaven or Hell?

writer's groupFor as many different writers out there — there are different kinds of groups.

Some groups do nothing but write — like a group study hall and there is someone like a cross between the worst librarian figure saying “shhh” and Professor Snape knocking heads together if you so much as sneeze more than once.  There are some groups that critique and tear apart manuscripts with lots of red pen and harsh words.  There are some groups that you get together and write part of the time from a… Continue reading