How to start a writing group

by | Oct 13, 2010 | Word Up

the writer’s toolbox

My workshop students often want to keep up the momentum of our short, intensive time together, plus they want the accountability of having public deadlines. In a flurry of camaraderie, they exchange email addresses before heading out the door.

But then what? How do you construct and nurture a writing community? Some groups pay professional editors/writers to lead them; some are self-governed and -propelled; some are hybrids, occasionally paying guest instructors to come in.

On today’s GALLEYCAT, I came across a few tips in this how-to article, but would welcome any suggestions or resources I can share with future students. I’m curious about how you get a good fit, especially if your group includes multiple genres. What works? Doesn’t? Triumphs? Horror Stories?