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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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year_anda_day
May. 21st, 2012 06:26 pm (UTC)
The writer's group I belong to is very friendly. When we joined we were introduced to everyone and told how things worked. We had some nice refreshments. It was very welcoming so we naturally wanted to stay.

When the group started getting too big, we started a little offshoot of it- a small poetry group, where all the poets could gather and discuss poetry and read their poems on a separate day. We go to both meetings still and it's a lot of fun.

We have writers of all experience levels, so sometimes the ratio of useful critique to fluff is low, but it's always a fun time.

The only thing that I don't like about it is we have one member who is a bit borish -- he goes on and on and on at times about his favorite subject (himself and his 'excellent writing'). And he tends to turn the subject of any discussion to himself whenever possible. Our moderator is a really nice guy-- too nice to confront Mr. Boor. So... I would say if you get any problem members, please don't be afraid to speak to them privately about their behavior issues as it may be making members of your group uncomfortable.
jongibbs
May. 21st, 2012 06:28 pm (UTC)
Good advice. Thanks, Laura :)

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