I've been struggling to find real writing groups and/or critique partners in my area. I'm wondering if someone, anyone, would be kind enough to share how they found their writing team. I keep hearing published authors raving about the invaluable insights they've received from their first beta readers to their long-standing writing buddies, but it seems to be some deep dark secret as to how they actually found these friends. Some writers have recommended writing workshops, but I don't have hundreds of dollars to shell out to "maybe" make a connection. I've checked out a few meet-up groups (no critique besides "yeah, I liked it"), scoured my library boards, and now I'm digging online. I've checked into ladieswhocritique.com and agent query boards...any other suggestions?
Thanks so much,
Hi, Kerry Ann: I belong to several chapters of RWA and found partners through those groups. Some organize the groups. Sometimes, there is a critiquing workshop and they organize people. Before that, I entered a lot of contests for feedback.
Thanks. I've been considering joining RWA and I've been keeping an eye on my local chapters meeting minutes. I can slide in under the category of Novel with Strong Romantic Elements, but I was a little worried I wouldn't fit in. I hadn't thought about contests, thanks!
I'm in NSRE. There's WF too.
Hi Kerry Ann,
I found two wonderful writing partners on Poets and Writers Speakeasy. It's a discussion board like this one but there's a section called "Connecting with Other Writers" where you can post that you are looking for writers in your community. The URL is http://www.pw.org/speakeasy . Good luck!
Thanks so much. I'll check it out!
I found a couple of virtual writing partners on Absolute Write's Water Cooler. I ahve also spent a great deal of time lately connecting with other authors on their blogs--reading entries, leaving comments, following similar writers. It's a slow process to build connections but they do start to form.
I have also found twitter to be a great source for finding connections. Follow and reply to other writers, don't be shy! The writing community is friendly.
However, I too have had little luck finding other human beings to meet with, in person :) I almost feel old fashioned for wanting to meet! I'm in South Orange, NJ, in case you are near my area :)
Ha — I'm in way down Florida, but thanks! (And go figure, I know writers in N.J.) I just joined Absolute Write's Water Cooler, and I've been poking around. Maybe I'll bump into you there ;~)
I highly recommend you check out meetup.com. This is a huge website listing groups for hikers, dancers, readers, movie goers, mental health, well if you can think of it there is a group for it on meetup.com. You will find numerous writer groups. I bet you find several in your area.
all of the meetups I have found seem to be focused on creative charettes - not on meeting to review and discuss each other's writing as a traditional writer's group would. I think you have to just keep looking for connections, and get lucky enough to find someone in your area.
I'm having the same problem. I wrote an entire book in my last writers critique group. We met every week which was a great discipline because I had to come up with pages for every meeting. I finished the book in the group, and then the group disbanded. I've been looking for another one ever since. I've tried everything including Meetup. I'm in Woodstock, NY.
Our local writers meetup has many members, but not much real critique. Everyone can read 500 words, then members say things like, "nice," "I liked this sentence," or "very interesting." Polite, but no real help. I haven't been able to connect with anyone in the group writing novel-length fiction in my genre. Kennedy love children, aliens, and erotica, but no women's fiction. I'm tempted to start my own, once I have a little more time.
RWA and Sisters in Crime are a couple groups. I attend local authors signings and have found others looking for a critique group. Also, adult education classes that offer writing courses also allows you to network and find other like writers. Online groups are good too, but sometimes you just want to bounce ideas off of someone near by. I've been called a social butterfly and have a habit of asking questions of strangers, especially if they are typing on a computer, have writing books or look like I can pick thier brains for a story or possible leads for other stories. You'll find that some of them also write. Believe it or not I have even started critique groups in a correctional facility (not as an inmate, I'm Residential Officer--glorified babysitter). It has been going strong for three years and the guys actually encourage new residents to join. Start you're own group. I have some rules that helps a new groups get off the ground. I'll email them to you if you would like.