I recently attended a Field's End writers' roundtable titled Ways to Make Your Writing Group Really Work. The speakers were authors George Shannon and Carol Cassella, and they had so many brilliant things to say. I'd like to share some of the gems I picked up from their talk.
When George explained how he knew he found the right people for a critique group, he said, "We tended to see the world through the same window."
Another awesome George quote: "Writing groups should make people check their egos at the door."
Carol listed some important things writers need to think about:
*Your writing group may need to evolve as you evolve.
*What is your time commitment?
*What are your goals?
She said a writer should think about his or her time commitment and goals before joining a group so he or she can find a good match/like-minded critique partners. She suggested people define the group before launch.
George talked about his motivation to have pages every time he meets with his group. He said, "I have this chance to get feedback. Why would I blow it?!"
The whole presentation was excellent.
How about you? Are you currently in a critique group? Do you have advice you'd like to share?