So when I teach, one of the things I really try to emphasize to my students is the value of a good writing group. They’re hard to find, but when you get one in place, it’s pretty awesome.
The folks over at Booklife Now seem to agree. I’ve written a two part guide to finding and shaping a good writing group and they’ve put it up. The site is a great resource for writers in general.
I’m happy to say more on writing groups – I think they’re incredibly important – so if you have any questions or want to share your own experiences, please do so, either on the booklife now site, or here, or on my facebook fan page (where a lot of discussion seems to be happening these days). I’m going to have spotty internet over the next week or so, but I’ll try to answer any questions and respond to whatever.
Think of this as a write in column, like those ones about dating or ethical dilemmas, but instead it’s about writing groups. I hope to get a lot of great questions, and then post them with the answers when my internet is more stable. And in fact, finding a great writing group can be a lot like dating. I’m also happy to answer more general writing questions, like how to find good readers for your work, or if you should show it to your mom, and so forth. So… any questions?