Writing and Publishing

Is an Online Critique Group Right For You?

A few weeks ago in my “Critique Groups” post, I stated my desire to be in a writing critique group. I specified I wanted one that met in-person, as opposed to cyberspace. I am now rethinking that.

I recently listened to a podcast entitled “The Care and Feeding of Writing Groups.” It was in the archives of the “The Writing Show,” were host Paula B chatted with Sean Dent about critique groups. Sean gave compelling reasons to pursue online groups instead of in-person meetings. He discussed in glowing praise his positive experiences with Internet-based critique groups.

Among the benefits:

  • Flexibility and Convenience: There are no fixed meeting times and you can participate whenever you wish and to the degree your schedule allows.
  • Greater Selection: It is far easier to find writers that are at a comparable skill and career level, as well as those compatible with your personality.
  • Ad Hoc Connections: As you participate in these groups, writing friendships form—almost as a group within a group—of fellow travelers whose work you respect and whose feedback you trust and value.

By Peter Lyle DeHaan

Author Peter Lyle DeHaan, PhD, publishes books about business, customer service, the call center industry, and business and writing.

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