Seven years ago this month, a fellow writer and I sent out the media releases announcing that we were beginning a writers' group. Then we waited to see if anyone would come. They did! This past Thursday afternoon, we met to celebrate the group's success.
Most of those who gathered for that first meeting have gone in other directions--moving away, taking jobs, or dealing with family or health issues, but new ones have come to take their places.
Various genres are represented among the membership. Some of us write in more than one genre. This week, in fact, we discussed how we learn from one another. Poets benefit from the experience of published fiction writers, who learn about useful poetic devices from the bards, who are encouraged to pursue their craft by the essayists and the children's writers, who learn techniques regarding the development of writers' sites and blogs from the creative non-fiction writers, who . . .and the cycle continues.
I strongly recommend that writers find a group that is a good fit and participate in it. By its very nature, writing is done in isolation, for the most part. We need to carve out those few hours each month to meet with one another.