Being a writer can be a lonely profession. It’s you, your computer and your imagination. There are the occasional journeys out to conduct interviews or gather research, but for the most part writers spend a lot of time alone.
One of the best ways to expand your social circle—and receive feedback on your work or perfect your writing skills—is by joining a writers’ group, an organized group of writers who get together periodically to critique each others’ work or discuss the art of writing.
Before jumping in to the first writers’ group that comes along, though, take some time to ask yourself what your goal is in your writing career; then choose a group that best meets your needs. To get you started, here are the types of writers’ groups you may encounter and how each can help you advance your writing career.