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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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asakiyume
May. 21st, 2012 05:40 pm (UTC)
I went back and forth between putting "yes" and "no" for the first question, because yes, I've been part of writing groups, in a sense--in a sense, I am now part of one--but no, I've never been part of a formal one of the sort you're thinking of organizing.

I've had friends over to my house a couple of times just to write and then to read bits of our writing. I did that based on my memory of the one time I did Nano, being invited out to a coffee shop with other people who were doing Nano, and how neat it felt just to actually be physically writing in the presence of others. Not something that appeals to everyone, I'm betting, but I enjoyed it.

I've never done a formal writing group for all sorts of reasons, some of them logistical (I have lots of demands on my time, and I live at a bit of a distance from population centers) and some just personal (I'm only gradually working up to feeling comfortable with the give-and-take that a writing group involves).

For me, in addition to wanting a friendly environment, I'd really want it to stay on track, focused on writing. I wouldn't want it to devolve into a social meeting.
jongibbs
May. 21st, 2012 06:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Francesca :)

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