Welcome writers! Listed below are writers’ organizations and groups to help you find networking and learning opportunities. In addition, be sure to check local bookstores for writing events. While it is helpful for writers to get out of their solitary writing mode, there are also some pitfalls that you should be aware of before joining a writers’ group.
First, here are some specific tips about how groups can damage the writing process, as well as the importance of how to give and receive a writing critique. (The article also has many helpful lists and links to other resources).
Another writer also pointedly described writing group problems: “Input from group members usually falls into three categories: empty praise, vicious critiques, or banal suggestions. I also find that, over time, familiarity within the group between members begins to undermine any real advice that might be offered…” The author does, however, provide three alternatives to writing groups.
Finally, here are some very useful tips on how to choose a writing group that will best suit your needs.
Canadian Writers’ Organizations
BC Writers’ organizations
Victoria BC Writers’ Groups
International & online groups
Writing Courses – See Events page
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