Just Write and Other Groups

Friday, June 14, 2019

    I’ve moved around a lot in the past decade, and I’ve had to cull my writing friends from a number of different sources. The first time I joined an actual writing group was when I moved to the outskirts of Philadelphia and found one through Meetup that was only a few minutes from my children’s school. In many ways, Just Write changed my life. I had started a…


Friends Don’t Let Friends Write Alone

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Writing is a solitary activity, so I’m confused about this topic, “who we write with?” I mean, you sit at a computer, you stare at it, you pet your cat as she struts by, and eventually a novel just appears on the screen. That’s how it works right? Okay thanks for laughing at my terrible joke. (Let’s pretend you laughed.) Here’s the reality, though hopefully you know this by now:…


The Harshest Critique: Finding a Writing Group

A critique page
Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Feedback. I have to laugh when people talk about being stressed about workshops and critiques and feedback. Because I have received the mother of all feedback—no, sorry, the grandmother of all feedback—and I’ve lived to tell the tell. The stereotype of Jewish grandmothers is pretty well known. They are warm. Motherly. Perhaps they pile on the guilt a little heavily, but they mean well. They think you’re too skinny. “Eat…


Meet My Writer Friends (And How to Get Your Own)

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Hmm. That title sounds kinda harsh and possessive, doesn’t it? That’s because these are my writer friends and I’m not sharing (kidding). It’s really because, like all communities, each one is different. The people you click with might not be the same people I click with, but the point is, find the people who are right for you. Since there’s no real formula to writer friendmaking (though Lori has some…


5 Tips to Finding Your Writing Tribe

Monday, November 18, 2013

This is going to be brief. Why? Because I’m about to dash into the terrible Chicago weather to go hang out with other members of my tribe, the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter. Oh, yeah. We’re big ol’ mystery nerds, and we like it that way. But how did I find this tribe, you may wonder, and how can you find your own? Five steps: Pay your dues (literally)….