Writers groups…Are they worth it? If they are the right fit for you, yes! Some of my friends have told me they can’t find a “good” writers group. www.Meetup.com lists writers groups for beginners up to about-to-be published and published writers. The key to success in finding the right group is to get into one where most members are at the same stage of their writing careers as you are, or write the same genre you do. (Who wants to critique Sci-Fi if you are a romance writer?) Personally I’ve found that new writers don’t fit in with very experienced writers, who have paid their dues by attending writing courses, conferences, reading books on writing, etc. and can’t take the time to teach a new writer whether to put the quotation marks inside or outside the period. On the other hand, if you are a beginner and join a novice writers group, the sharing of information and support you get on your own level of expertise can motivate you to keep at it and enjoy the inspiration of having your work validated by your peers. Furthermore, you will have the camaraderie that alleviates the sometimes-lonely life of a writer. Writers group sites usually will give a description of the type of writer welcomed into the group. If not, contact the organizer and be frank about your writing and what you are looking for in a group. Write on!