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Writing Groups

Find a Writers Group in Our New Directory

Are you looking for a writers group? Writers groups can motivate you to write more, critique your work or even help you publicize your work.

We have created an experimental project to connect writers around the globe, helping hundreds of GalleyCat readers create writers groups both online and in the real world.

Sign up to join our free directory here. Once you fill out the simple form, you will be able to access our complete directory of GalleyCat readers who are looking for a writers group–contact them directly to build a new group.

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Publishing Your Illustrations and CartoonsStarting December 2, learn how to prepare and submit illustrations for publication! In this course, you'll learn how to pitch your ideas to new publications, approach book publishers with your illustrations, put together a picture book dummy, and start your own illustrated blog. Register now!

Memoir Writing Group Looking for Members

Ever since we launched our directory of people looking for writers groups, we have found hundreds of writers looking for different kinds of writing support.

These invaluable groups can motivate you to write more, critique your work or even help you publicize your work.

To help our readers find support, we will occasionally spotlight a writers group looking for new members. If you are looking for an online writing group, you could try The Memoir Writers Society writing group.

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How Indie Authors Can Work Together

For many writers, the “self” in self-publishing makes for a lonely endeavor. A team of indie authors recently banded together to create The Indie Voice group and release an eight-book To Die For boxed set, expanding their fan base and promotional reach.

We caught up with Tina Folsom to find out more about the group.

UPDATE: If you are looking to connect with other authors on similar projects, check out our new directory of authors looking to start a writers group.

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Writers Group Spotlight: Australian Writers Rock

Ever since we launched our directory of people looking for writers groups, we have found hundreds of writers looking for different kinds of writing support.

These invaluable groups can motivate you to write more, critique your work or even help you publicize your work.

To help our readers find support, we will occasionally spotlight a writers group looking for new members. If you are looking for an online writing group, you could try Australian Writers Rock! a giant writing community on Facebook.

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Writers Group Spotlight: Nth Creative Nonfiction Circle

Ever since we launched our directory of people looking for writers groups, we have found hundreds of writers looking for different kinds of writing support. These invaluable groups can motivate you to write more, critique your work or even help you publicize your work.

To help our readers find support, we will occasionally spotlight a writers group looking for new members. If you write creative nonfiction, you should apply to join the Nth Creative Nonfiction Circle, an online group founded by former Mediabistro students that is still adding members.

No matter what you write, sign up for our free directory. Once you fill out the simple form, you will be able to access our complete directory of GalleyCat readers who are looking for a writers group–you can contact these writers directly to build a new group.

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How to Start a Writing Group

Debut novelist Ruiyan Xu has worked with different writing groups for the last eight years. A few years ago, this GalleyCat editor joined a writers group with her–watching Xu finish her new novel, The Lost and Forgotten Languages of Shanghai.

We caught up with Xu to find out why she joined these groups. She explained: “I had a full time job pretty much during the entire time that I was working on my novel, and it’s very easy, when one is busy and working, to give writing the short shrift. Being part of a group of people who are passionate and serious about writing (and publishing) gave me a sense of structure that I otherwise lacked. I needed the deadlines that the writer’s group created, and it definitely kept me on track.”

We also asked for her advice on building a successful writing group. “When starting a group, ask around — friends of friends are often great group members because you already have something in common. Try to make sure everyone has similar and compatible goals,” Xu suggested. “If you’re writing in different genres, it’s best if members of the group are at least interested in reading works from each other’s genres. If you have no interest in reading science fiction, and one member of your group only writes science fiction, then those submission are going to be a painful chore to get through.”

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