Writing Group FAQs

What is a writing group? Each group develops its own personality, and meets the needs of its members according to the goals of the group.

What goes on during a writing group?In a co-writing group, during a three hour session, ten to twelve members can take part in two 20 minute periods of writing, followed by a time of sharing what they’ve written. Critique groups may use a different format, described below.

How big should a writing group be? Groups can be as small as two, and grow from there.

What goes on during a writing group meeting? A group may combine several of these formats. While these are typical, yours might find a whole new direction.

  • FREEFALL:  Also described as “Co-writing” this consists of sharing prompts, then writing together as the prompts give inspiration. This is a great way to generate first drafts on unexpected topics.
  • AFFIRMATION: Members share their material and receive positive feedback as to what resonated with the listeners.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Members encourage each other in their writing, pray with each other during dry spells, and hold each other accountable to their personal goals. This type of group works well on-line.
  • CRITIQUE: Members share their work in progress for input and suggestions. Critique groups often share their material by e-mail prior to meetings, then come prepared to discuss what they’ve read.
  • ONLINE: One of the easiest groups to form, this works best with a limited number, if the group is sharing material. An online group often takes the form of accountability, but can include any of the formats.

JOIN A GROUP: Are you interested in being part of a writing group? Go to the Writing Groups page, find your province and city, and e-mail the contact person listed for that group. or contact our writing groups coordinator for assistance. 

START A GROUP: InScribe Regional Representatives are waiting to help members start their own groups, or re-launch inactive groups across the country. Not sure where to begin? InScribe has an information kit available to help you get started. Members can receive a kit free of charge. Contact Susan Barclay for further information.

ALREADY HAVE A GROUP? Perhaps you have an existing writers’ group and are wondering how your group can become a Writing Group within InScribe. Note: Not all people who belong to a local group are required to be InScribe members, but it helps if the group leader or the contact person for the group is a member. Contact Susan Barclay for details.

Members currently running a group are encouraged to contact Tracy for an online copy of the Writing Group Packet – full of information and ideas to rejuvenate your group.

ADVERTISE YOUR GROUP: Want your writing group listed on our website and in FellowScript?
If you are a member of InScribe and you want your local writing group listed, contact Tandy  via email. Please provide your Group Name, Location, and Contact Person with an email address.

If your information changes or the links don’t work, contact Susan