How do I find a writing group and what if they’re mean?
That’s a question we get asked a lot, and we always encourage writers to reach out in our Facebook group
or boldly throw it out there anywhere else online that you hang out and see what happens. You don’t even have to trade pages to be a writing group. You look for the kind of support and camaraderie you need.
But if you’ve ever thought of hying yourself off to your local version of Grub Street
or our local spot for in-person writer-ness, The Writer’s Center
to find your people—or possibly starting an in-person writer-connection-thing of your own, then you’ll want to listen to my conversation with Joni Cole, founder of said Writer’s Center and the author of Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive
, Good Naked
, and the This Day
series, which collects diary entries from women all across the United States on a single day, and the host of the podcast Author, Can I Ask You
. Joni and I talk starting writing groups, running them, keeping it positive and making sure you don’t lose your own work in the process of helping others.
Links from the pod
by Andrew Sean Greer