While writing is a very solitary activity, being alone all the time gets old FAST. Especially if you need help fixing a plot hole in your new book, or learn more about a certain topic, or navigating the crazy world of publishing. Having a group of writers who understand what you’re going through and want to help you is absolutely invaluable. So here are 5 ways you can find your new group of writing friends:
Join A Local Writing Group
If you haven’t already, look up writing groups in your area on Google. While there may not be one directly in your small town, try searching for groups in a city near you. Often these groups will host workshops, critique groups and lectures so you grow your craft and meet other writers interested in connecting with you.
Writing conferences are hosted all throughout the country. There are great places to network with other writers, since usually people who come to these conferences are very dedicated to their work. Make sure you bring your business card and are ready to shake some hands and you’ll be sure to walk away with a whole list of new friends.
Sign Up For Local Classes or an MFA Program
While joining an MFA program isn’t an easy or accessible option for everyone, it has been the best way for me to meet experienced, published authors that helped me grow as a writer. If a low-residency or online MFA program isn’t even an option for you, then consider looking for workshops are your local community college or other community center. These classes are a great way to learn more about writing while rubbing elbows with other writers.
And of course, there are writers all over the world looking for people to connect to on social media. You don’t have to have the most popular page or even a professional social media page to get started. Just search for hashtags that you are interested in (I suggest #amwriting on twitter or #bookstagram on instagram) and you’ll be sure to find countless people looking to start a conversation.
Online Writing Networks
Similarly, online writing networks are good places to check out if you can’t find a local group to join. I highly recommend InkedVoices.com, where you can sign up for critique groups and also just chat with other writers about how your work is going or ask advice. These online spaces are a great way to meet awesome people that are eager to help you learn more about writing.