If you’ve ever taken on the task of trying to find a writer critique group then you know how hard it is. Searching for one can be a long process, frustrating at times, and if you’ve had the experience of finding one, not fitting in with the members, and having to leave, that is even worse.
There are really only two types of critique groups that you can join-online groups and groups that meet face to face on a weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly schedule, but with those two types of groups there are a few different ways to go about finding one.
SEARCHING ONLINE GROUPS
Thanks to the explosion of the good old ‘worldwide web’, you can easily connect to other authors all over the world with just a few words typed into a search engine bar. With online groups, you either meet online, in a chat room where you can all instant message or simply communicate by email only.
WRITER ASSOCIATION GROUPS
Not only a great source of information and access plethora of other authors, joining a, or several, local writer associations that meet on a monthly basis can be a wonderful way to find a critique group.
Attending a writer conference or a book fair or festival is a great place to possibly find a group. With your attendance you can meet other authors, talk to them, and ask around if anyone knows a good group. And, the bonus of a book event is, is whether it’s local or not, it doesn’t matter thanks to the internet.
PLACING AN AD
From roommates to jobs, from for sale items to ads for tutoring, placing an ad at a local college or community center ad board might net you a critique group. And, you never know, as you are posting your ad, you might already find one posted.
Joining different writer based Facebook groups is a great way to meet authors and ask around for groups. Other social media like Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ can be used also.