Writing Groups: Why You Should Join and How to Find Them
In the new year, many of us find ourselves feeling extra inspired and excited to complete goals . . . but sometimes those goals can be hard to stick to within a few weeks.
Heading into 2022, many have made the goal or resolution to write more. Are you looking for a way to stay committed to your writing goals? Consider joining a writing group!
The Purpose of a Writing Group
You may be wondering, “What is a writing group and how can it benefit me?”
A writing group is a circle of people who meet regularly, whether virtually or in person, to read, discuss, and critique one another’s work. Group members offer constructive feedback to help their peers shape their stories.
Writing groups make what is normally the solo act of writing a community gathering, often full of supportive individuals who are on a similar journey and have the same goal in mind: to improve their writing.
Not only will you receive valuable feedback on your work, but you will also be held accountable to continue writing. When you have a planned meeting, you will be inclined to have something new to share. Many writing group members have found with the encouragement and the opportunity to bounce ideas off of others that their writing process has improved and sped up.
No matter your genre or whether you would rather meet in person or online, there are many types of writing groups that may appeal to you.
There are your classic writing groups in which people meet up to write and share work usually weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, but there are other types that meet less frequently and open doors to other writing groups.
- Writing workshop groups. Find a local writing workshop group or one online. These workshops serve as educational, productivity boosters.
- Writing challenge groups such as NaNoWriMo in which writers all over the world attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November.
- Writing conferences such as 20Booksto50k and Superstars Writing Seminar.
With each of the above, you will find a supportive community.
How to Find or Create a Group
There are a few ways to find a writing group:
- Search online. The easiest way to find something these days is to do a quick Google search.
- Visit your local library, bookstore, or community center to look for a writing group near you.
- Join a writer’s association. There are many associations ranging from the Mystery Writers of America, to the Romance Writers of America, all the way to the Dog Writers Association of America. No matter your genre, there is likely a group for you.
- Explore Facebook groups. If you prefer a virtual writing group, many writers have groups on Facebook in which you may connect with others and share pieces of your writing and receive feedback in exchange for your feedback on their writing.
- There is always the option to start your own writing group. If you can’t find what you are looking for, create it. Chances are, there are others out there who wish there was something for them. If you prefer virtual, create the group on Facebook, or if you would rather meet in person, find other local writers by posting a note at your local library, coffee shop, or community center. Post about your group on social media. Since it is your group, you will be responsible for deciding the location as well as how frequently you meet.
Start realizing the benefits of a writing group today. Find your community of writers and commit yourself to writing regularly while improving your writing.