Is there a benefit to a writing group?

Writing groups?  What do you think of them?

I’ve been pretty skeptical of them for a very long time.  They have been pretty hit or miss for me.  Probably much the same as critique groups.  At the moment, the majority of the groups I’m a part of are online.  But, like critique groups and contests, I’ve been considering changing my stance on them, too.

I’ve met some great local authors, and I’m the idea of creating a local author network which meets to discuss writing, promotion, and generally keeping your momentum going in a positive verses negative direction would be great.  Whether you’re trying to get over a rejection letter or want to brainstorm about a story idea having group to discuss it with over a cup of coffee would be sensational.

What do you think of writing groups?  Yes or no?

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