Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I is for Team.
I’ve been in a group off and on since I was in college…some odd 6 years. Although in college they called them creative writing workshops and were moderated by a professor. Now they can be anything from writers groups to critique partners.
For me, the biggest advantages to critique or writing groups is having other creative type people to talk to. People I can bounce ideas off of. Not to mention a group of people I can get to judge my writing, who understand the hours it takes to put something down on paper.
Finding a good writers group can be challenging too. It’s a combination of finding something that meets your needs, and where you feel like you can fit in, because there are very few things more personal then sharing something you’ve created for the first time and asking for feedback.
When I first moved to DC I was lucky to find a really great writers group. Which worked for about two or three years, but then my needs changed…or the group changed, and it was no longer working. I had a falling out with a few of the leaders, and decided it was time for a change. I will still on rare occasion go to that group, like when a friend who is still a member has a piece up for critique and wants a show of support, or if I just feel like I need to hang out with other writers.
But now, I feel a bit adrift. It’s like I’m single for the first time in a really long time, and trying to decide if I should put myself out there or not.
However, I do have a really awesome group of friends who are writers, most of which I met at the old group, and still keep in touch with. So for right now, I’m happy to just have writer friends, and no formal critique group. But a few trusted people that I can bounce ideas off of, or show a scene I feel really uncertain about too. Plus blogging friends.
What about you? Do you have a writers group? Writer friends? Etc?