Writing and Critique groups are like potato chips – you can never eat just one.
Each writer’s group you find will offer something different.
For example, in my area there is a writer’s group that looks for odd places to write. They set up folding chairs by the lake, for instance, looking for inspiration. Is that for me? Ummmm. No. I like my solitary computer, thank you. But this works for some people.
Some writers groups charge a fee, but they give you great speakers in return. If you think that the speakers are of value to you, then it is okay to pay extra. If you are looking just to meet people, you might not want that extra perk.
Look around, and join a few if you can. The worst thing that can happen is you make a few friends.
Note: The above are Jon Gibb’s main speaking points, with my rambling opinions attached.
Jon Gibbs is the author of one of my son’s favorite books: FUR-FACE, which was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award.
Jon is an Englishman transplanted to New Jersey, USA, where he is an ‘author in residence’ at Lakehurst Elementary School. Jon is the founding member of The New Jersey Author’s Network and FindAWritingGroup.com.
Jon blogs at jongibbs.livejournal.com
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