What do other writers want to see done in writer groups?

United States
June 11, 2009 8:03am CST
I have been toying around with starting a writer's group with a few writers I work with, I am curious about what other writer's have liked, disliked or have wanted to see done in their own writer's groups. Please also let me know why your left a particular writer's group. The reason I am asking is that I would like to set up a group that not just takes the current writer's wants and needs into consideration, but other writer's that might eventually join needs. I realize you can not please everyone, but I would like to take some suggestions into consideration for now and in the future. Any takers?
2 responses
• United States
11 Jun 09
Wow a writing group... sound like it could be fun. I have never done a writing group before. I did join a friend in writing a short story. we wanted to see what we could come up with. We started off with creating characters and a setting and then we would trade off. Like my friend would write a chapter and then I would write the next chapter. we went back and forth for about 15 chapters. The story turned out to be a great surprise to us both. So the idea of a group of people working together with a set of characters seems to me that it could be a blast and a great story. I wish I had more free time because I would really be up for somthing like this. also sorry i could not give more input but I would love to read what to group comes up with.
• United States
11 Jun 09
I have started a online writer's group on yahoo. If you are interested, let me know. I would love for all to join. I just opened it last night, so it is not really out there yet as I have not started promoting it. Good luck to you and Oh, what ever happened to that short story?
@patgalca (14236)
• Orangeville, Ontario
11 Jun 09
I am in a writer's group, the only writer's group I have been in (unless you include me and a buddy getting together almost every day to write back in high school). What makes our group so successful is the people. We all seem to get along really well, have great sense of humours, but different writing styles and personalities. One of our members is into astrology and looked up everyone's chart and everyone had one thing in common (couldn't tell you what it is because I'm not into that... something like Aries Rising). We also have strict guidelines about our writing group so that it doesn't turn into a one-man show or a support group. I strongly suggest you take a look at the two articles I wrote - 10 Benefits of Joining a Writing Group, and How To Start and Manage a Writing Group. You can find them here: http://writinghood.com/writing/10-benefits-of-joining-a-writing-group/ http://writinghood.com/writing/how-to-start-and-manage-a-writing-group/ The members of my group are my best friends and we get along well in social situations outside the group as well as in group. I would hate for this group to break up and have to find another one. I fit in so well with these people. Good luck!
• United States
11 Jun 09
patgalca, thank you for your response. I will check out your suggestions as soon as I can. This was a wonderful response.