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They are haul, so at 60 miles away they would have to be good.

The last writing group I joined -- in Manhatten -- was a meat market where poorly constructed erotic porn was read whist people applauded, once they managed to put down their cocktails. So inspirational. I never returned.

This one is in western Mass. The meetings are small and the people friendly. I was afraid that if this was a real writing group, unlike the one above, that they would be too nicey-nicey in their criticisms. Or that they were bullies eager to tear people down. Glad to see they were neither. Everyone involved seems to be genuinely interested in improving the quality of others' prose and emotional impact.

The group itself is eclectic, with journalists, poets, essayists, detective fiction writers, fantasy writers and others. The size of the meetings is small enough -- no more that 10 at a shot -- that everyone's voice is heard.

I think the 60 miles is worth it. I have taken my "fist step into a wider world".
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Good to know you have a group that fits and works.

I need to find one of those. I have a few friends I meet with on a weekly basis, but give general feedback, which is not always useful in criticisms.

How did you find your group?
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I found both groups through meetup.com
This one meets in Springfield, Mass, on a university campus.
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Osiris Ra wrote:
I found both groups through meetup.com
This one meets in Springfield, Mass, on a university campus.


Hmm -- I might have to look into this. I hear a lot about meetup.com these days.

Mk back to edits. I have sentences to submit to a contest. Maybe an agent will ready one of my stories.
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meetup.com rocks.
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If it helps your writing, go for it. Just remember - the most important voice is your own. I was a member of an online group for a while, but did not actually break into print until I quit.
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Best of luck to you with that. There's nothing quite as refreshing -- and terrifying -- as real criticism from people who don't know or love you. I've worked through several groups and always end up as the last man standing. People quit because it's hard, because they settle into jobs and relationships, because they weren't insane for getting published after all. It's always a shame to see someone with real talent fall by the wayside... but in the end it's not the best who get published, it's the ones who never quit.

Which means I got a shot.



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I have no worries about my GF reading my manuscript and giving me honest advice. She is brutal. I also implicitly trust her opinion. When she read my character bios, her advice made them stronger.

My reason for joining a writing group is a simple one: you are who you associate with. Being in the company of fellow writers will help me in those days when I do not feel like writing 3-6 hours a day, which is my current clip. It also makes me think about the Craft, as well as helping me verbalize things about writing that are perfectly clear within my own head.
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