Are You A Member Of A Writing Group?

United States
April 16, 2007 3:03pm CST
If you are, tell me about how it helps you as a writer. If not, would you like to join one? I think Writing Groups help us writers think a bit more. If space is provided online, it also gives us a place to have our work displayed. Anyone have any good or bad stories about writing groups?
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@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
I'm the founder of Today's Woman Writing community and I have belonged to several writing communities online. Accepting criticism is something that we all must face. It helps us grow as writers. When I received my first harsh critique it was on a ezboard workshop and right then I wanted to give up writing. Over the last four years I have grown a lot in my writing and I have my members to thank for that. If you are over 18 and looking for an online community to join you might want to give Today's Woman Writing Community a try. Don't let the name fool you. The community is open to both men and women. http://www.todays-woman.net We are in the middle of a revamp so don't mind the mess. My poor webmaster is hard at work.
@Swtrose (3399)
• Canada
17 Apr 07
Thank you for the offer and I'll most certainly check out your group.
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• United States
18 Apr 07
Thank you Swtrose. I'm looking forward to it.
@patgalca (14468)
• Orangeville, Ontario
17 Apr 07
I am a member of a writing group and I love it. I have made so many new friends and have learned and grown so much as a writer. We work together to find learning experiences like author seminars and workshops. I have met a Canadian author who critiqued my writing and will be meeting another one this May. I will also be attending a couple of her free seminars. In order to really hear your own writing, you must read it aloud, even just to yourself. But it is always helpful to get other people's opinions because they may see something you can't. Joining a writing group makes you more committed to your writing. You have friends to push you. It is scary at first. I inquired at the library about a writing group and they said they didn't know if it was "open" so they were going to give my name to the person in charge of the group. It was several weeks before I heard from her. I was caught off guard and got really scared all of a sudden. I almost backed out but I sure as heck am glad I didn't. They learned about my whole life that first day. We used to do two 10-minute writing prompts and share work we brought from "home" but because our group has grown so much we really only have time for the one prompt and the sharing of that work as well as work brought in. I also attend the ivillage writing message boards. I have participated in some of their writing exercises but I cannot participate fully on the boards as I would be on there 24 hours a day if I had to read everyone's work and comment. I don't know how the board leaders do it. I join their Saturday night live chat though. Anything you can do to build and grow your writing as well as contacts towards getting published is very beneficial.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
Thanks patgalca. You're absolutely correct. Joining a writing group makes you more committed to your writing. Friends cheer you on and give so much help. Come check us out if you're interested. There's no obligation.
@ArsonCuff (3121)
• United States
16 Apr 07
Zoetrope.com is a website that I find fun to participate in. I read, review, and write in the screenplay section and to have an audience of strangers looking over your work is interesting due to the conflicting and vast differences in opinion.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
I haven't heard of Zoetrope.com but will see what's going on there. Having someone else read your work is always a good thing. Great comments and good ideas.
• Singapore
17 Apr 07
I am a member of Helium. It is a writing website that weriters can write and express their views. They pay about 2 cents per article. www.helium.com
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
17 Apr 07
2 cents may be for a week after you wrote the article.After that it goes up.An article of mine gave me about 12$.So far the highest and I am very happy.
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• United States
17 Apr 07
Helium isn't a writing group meiyi-iceworld. If you are interested in a writing group that helps you write better come check us out. Visit my profile and check out my website. There's no obligation.
@mjgarcia (725)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I've been involved with a couple of different writing groups online and I loved them. The first one was a group from ivillage and several of them went on to become published writers. We were all new and learning the craft of writing at that point. I was also in a group from writers university. We were all at different levels and different genres. I learned a lot then too. I like getting the feedback of what works and what doesn't. I'd like to become involved in another one sometime.
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@healwell (1268)
• Ahmedabad, India
19 Apr 07
I am member since a long of one internet writing group. I think 3/4 group I am member but all are asking for money before you get in to real things and earnings! Some how I found this rediculous! So i am there but it is useless! Well i would like to become a ,ember but if the group is open and not asking for money at every step and after providing you oportunity ask for comision as a helping group to strengthen the group! Thanks for this kind of posting!