Lessons from the first year of running a writing group

Making it up as I go along

2015-04-30 12.08.16

First of all, join a writing group. If there’s not one in your area, start one. What’s the worst that could happen? Nobody shows up? If that happens, you’re no worse off than you were before. But, the more probable thing is that you will end up meeting great people who inspire you. I started Dorchester Writers almost a year ago and I thought I would share a few of the things I’ve learned about interacting with a critique group – and a few things specific to running one.

The first thing is to set down ground rules. We usually have two to five people ready to submit work each week, so they’ve worked for us so far: Here is a clip from our submission guidelines

Submission guidelines

We have never put a cap on the limit of submission for the week – and I would like to never have to. …

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