For many years, I coordinated a screenwriting group here in Chicago. Every three weeks, we would meet at a local cafe, sip lattes, and read each other’s pages aloud. It was a great way to get feedback and improve our work as we were writing, instead of waiting until we had finished a draft or three.
I’ve missed that, which is why I’ve decided to start a new online writing group specifically for romance writers in any subgenre. I’m looking for 4-6 writers. You might have published several novels or be working on your first. All I ask is that you be open and committed to the process of receiving and giving constructive criticism.
How the Group Will Work
Each week, one writer will post a chapter for the group on Google Docs. (You can also post a short story, query letter, or synopsis you’re working on.) I know that life sometimes gets in the way of writing, so if it’s your turn but you don’t have anything ready to post, then the next writer in line can take your place. The idea is to keep the group moving forward and have something posted every week, but not so much material that we get overwhelmed.
The other group members will then have a week to read and post comments on the document, the more detailed the better. I’m looking for writers who are willing to post tough, thoughtful criticism. This group is meant to be supportive, but it’s also intended to challenge us to be better writers.
If you’re interested in joining, please send me a short writer’s bio and 1,000 words of something you’ve published or are working on. You can email me at email@example.com. You can also comment on this post and I’ll contact you.