June 14th, 2012

What would put you off from joining/staying with a writing group?

I’ve been thinking about what makes people leave a writing group. They all have something to offer, so why do some thrive while others struggle to attract/ retain members?

Over the years, I’ve heard a fair number of reasons for people leaving/not joining a writing group. I’ve listed some of the more common ones below, if you have a minute, I’d love to know which (if any) of these would influence your decision

Poll #1846857 Writing groups

If a writing group met within reasonable travelling distance from you, and appeared to welcome folks who write in your particular genre, what would put you off joining (or make you leave it)?

If I wasn’t made to feel welcome when I first started attending meetings
If I was made to feel unwelcome because of age, sex, genre, lack of publishing credentials etc.
If group meetings turned into pity parties, bemoaning the unfairness of the publishing industry.
If the membership fees were too high and/or I didn’t think I’d get value for money.
If the member benefits didn’t meet my expectations (or if they didn’t match what was promised on the group’s website)
If there was too much drama (eg: members bickering at meetings or on group message boards).
If there weren’t enough members in group.
If there weren’t enough members in group further along the publishing career path than me.
If the group’s leaders didn’t seem to know what they were doing.
If nobody seemed interested in progressing further with their writing career.
If I came out of meetings feeling less excited about writing than when I went in.
Something else, which I’ll mention in the comments.

I’m going to link to this post from the FindAWritingGroup.com website.

As always, thanks for your input. It’s much appreciated.

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