I’ve been participating in a lively discussion on a public blog on critique or writer groups for the past couple of weeks. Those who added comments about why someone would go to a writer group, both pro and con. Seems like a lot of people had negative experiences with their first group, just like I did. My first group was a disaster — former teacher wanted to give out assignments to members rather than allow writers to bring in their own work and present it for comments.
I stayed away from such groups until I moved to Smith Mountain Lake. Within a year, I joined the Lake Writers and found a lively but varied group of people passionate about the written word. We have poets, essayists, novelists, playwrites, and non-fiction writers.
Then I joined the Valley Writers in Roanoke. That’s not as convenient, since it’s about 25 miles each way; however, I carpool with two fellow writers. There is some overlap in membership.
Here’s what I like being a member of both groups:
Put these folks together and you have a terrific critique group that works with you to help you become a better writer. I have found my critique group home.