The Evolution of My Writing Groups

Having other people read your work can be terrifying, unless they’re the right kinds of people. Some writers swear by writing groups while others keep their distance. Most English classes have some variation of this, commonly peer review groups. Either way, they all serve the same purpose – helping you improve.

I’ve been in my fair share of them for someone who isn’t an English major. Most of my writing related classes for my Creative Writing minor have had some kind of peer review group, designed so that we work together to improve one or several pieces by the end of the semester. Some have been really great and others have been slightly less great. But over time, I’ve learned a lot about myself as a writer because of these groups.

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