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What do you look for in a writing group?






What do you look for in a writing group?


If you've some experience of writing groups, good or bad, I'd appreciate your input.

Poll #1841662 Writing groups

Are you now, or have you ever been, a member of a writing group

Yes
36(94.7%)
No
2(5.3%)

If 'Yes', why did you hope to gain from joining?

I wanted to get critique/feedback on my own writing
30(33.7%)
workshops/presentations on writing-related subjects
10(11.2%)
Critique groups with other writers in my genre
22(24.7%)
Networking
23(25.8%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
4(4.5%)

If 'No', is there a particular reason why not?

Yes
1(25.0%)
No
2(50.0%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
1(25.0%)

When you attended your first few meetings with the group, was there something which made a big impression (good or bad)?

Yes
16(47.1%)
No
14(41.2%)
If 'Yes' please explain in a comment
4(11.8%)

What would make you leave a writing group?

Not a good fit for me/my writing
29(19.0%)
Membership fees too expensive
18(11.8%)
Too far away
18(11.8%)
Uncomfortable atmosphere
29(19.0%)
Unfriendly atmosphere
29(19.0%)
Too few members
9(5.9%)
Too many members
12(7.8%)
Something else, which I'll explain in the comments
9(5.9%)


If there's something not covered in the poll, please feel free to leave a comment anyway. I'm particularly interested in things which made a big impression on you, either in a good or bad way.


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mutive
May. 21st, 2012 03:15 pm (UTC)
To me, it mostly comes down to convenience and atmosphere.

As far as convenience goes, it's all about "can I get there without it being a huge hassle"? If it is, great. If not, it's probably not going to happen. (Esp. as there are great writing groups online - www.critiquecircle.com and critters.org are both pretty awesome and free.)

After that, I wouldn't show up for very long at any writing group that I wasn't getting something out of. I've been in groups that are so fluffy that the advice is useless. (And a few which honestly feel mean, which I find unproductive, too.) So that's important as well. (And I've seen a lot more lean on the fluffy side than the mean side. You know, the sorts who say "your story is brilliant!" and don't give a single helpful comment.)
jongibbs
May. 21st, 2012 03:43 pm (UTC)
When it comes to critiquing, there's definitely a learning curve involved - often for both parties ;)

Thanks for the input :)
mutive
May. 21st, 2012 03:47 pm (UTC)
There is. But honestly, I don't personally get much out of it if I'm the only one on the "teaching" side of the curve (so would rather stick with current critique partners). And you can only teach someone who wants to learn, anyway. (Which some fluffsters don't. I think I remembered someone going on and on about how every piece of writing was a beautiful special thing, and how it was cruel to do anything but treasure each wonderful work that someone spent their time and creative energy bringing into the world. Which was a cue that perhaps this was not the right group for me.)
jongibbs
May. 21st, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)
'And you can only teach someone who wants to learn, anyway.'

Even then it's no cakewalk, as my old gran would have been the first to note ;)

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