Writers groups have been supporting fellow authors for many years. Imagine the ideas flowing at these meetings!
The Inklings Notable members: writers J.R.R Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams, Roger Lancelyn Green, Adam Fox, Nevil Coghilland Time frame: 1930s and 1940s
A literary discussion group at Oxford, the Inklings would read and discuss each others’ work — most famously helping Tolkien shape The Lord of the Rings. While meetings were generally held in C.S. Lewis’ room, some were held at an Oxford pub called The Eagle and the Child.
Writers at every stage of their careers from beginners to seasoned best-selling authors benefit from feedback about their work from other practicing writers. Many published novelists will tell you that writing groups taught them how to write – from basic sentence structure and grammar, to sensational characters, pacing and plots. As a member of a writing group, you surround yourself with like-minded writers who come together regularly for a single purpose: to give and receive feedback about works in progress. There are different types of writers groups with different goals, so visit a few until you find one that works for you.