Do you belong to a writing group or are you thinking about joining one? Have you considered the pros and cons of belonging to such a group and what type of group might best suit you?
There are various types of writing groups. Some are primarily social. Writing can be a lonely business and it’s good to meet occasionally with others who may have a similar thought process. Personally, I love meeting with other writers and am happy if we critique each others' writing or just talk about writing in general.
Some groups meet in person and some work online. Make sure that at least some people in your group write in the same genre as you. There are groups whose members read their works at the meeting and offer suggestions. If someone else reads the work, the author can listen for pauses or indications that a portion of the writing may need to be changed. Others groups ask that pieces ready for critique be emailed ahead of time so there is time to read and think about the submitted writing.
Members often read and discuss short stories and poems at the meeting. Novels may be critiqued better online or printed, and critiqued chapter by chapter. Members should offer constructive criticism. A critique should be more than just one person’s opinion (I like this, I don’t like that) or grammatical corrections. It should consider character, setting plot, etc.
In most writers’ groups, members support from fellow writers, sharing information about contests and jobs, learning from each other and from occasional speakers, as well as critiquing each others' works.
If you already belong to a writing group, is your group thriving? A lack of attendance may indicate a problem. Attendance may vary up and down but you should have you small core of regulars. Are members prepared? Some people seldom bring or send any writing, but enjoy reading the works of others and offering advice. However, writers should be writing.
If meetings are ending early or seem boring, it might help to vary the routine? Some groups propose writing topics or prompts to encourage members to try something new. Some even take time to write during the meeting.
Remember an important part of writer's group is the camaraderie. The group you choose should meet your needs and you should be able to fit into the group. Otherwise, you might want to look for another group