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How to Start a Writing Group

Some writers work well on their own, and writing is a solitary business. But something that can really help you focus on your writing is joining or starting a writing group. Writing groups can hold each other accountable for reaching personal goals, and they can help fine tune the work each member is writing.

First of all, you should check to see if there is already a group in your area. Many community halls have a variety of groups that meet, and they might already have a writing group. You might also check with your local library.

If you can’t find an already established group, you can start your own. Find out what the requirements are for using a local community center or library. Is there a charge? Are you allowed to eat or drink in the venue?

Next, decide how you want the writing group to work.
  • Will you each read a piece of what you’re working on?
  • Will you have a different subject each meeting, and everyone writes on that subject and critiques each other?
  • Are you going to focus on a specific topic, such as children’s books, or science fiction, or will you be a group for all writers in general?
  • How often will you meet?
Once you know the when and how of your group, you need to find members. Most community centers and libraries have bulletin boards where you can announce an upcoming meeting, and some also have newsletters and you can advertise for a low cost. You could also let people know about your group through online chat rooms and message boards.

Good luck starting a writing group!

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