Writing groups are one of the most frequent reasons people contact us. After all, while writing is a solitary endeavor most of the time, we rely upon each other for feedback, support and encouragement. Nobody understands the craft of writing as well as another writer.
We can share some excellent advice on how to form and be a productive and generous member of a writing group. The missing part — one that’s difficult to do through an online place like this one — is that there is also as much of an element of chemistry (or alchemy) in a writing group as in any other relationship. Sharing (and critiquing) writing is both professional and personal, and we are likely to find the right mix of participants and personalities in person, rather than through an electronic intermediary.
In other words, we’d love to facilitate your searches related to writing groups. We’ve had a good deal of success at our social events; less so with the online “classifieds” system we tried. We’ll organize more events in the future, but if you have suggestions, please let us know by emailing [email protected] or by talking with us when you see us.
We look forward to finding ways to help. After all, it was Friedrich Nietzsche (of all people) who wrote, in Human, All Too Human, “A good writer possesses not only his own spirit but also the spirit of his friends.”