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Self-Publishing: Writing Groups

Self-publishing resources for current and prospective authors. Includes advice and resources from South Carolina's very own author C. Hope Clark.

Why join a writer's group?

People assume that writing means locking yourself in a tower away from people and distractions, and while some people do need quiet spaces where they can focus, some people work better with ambient noise, surrounded by people or in their rooms late at night. But what everyone eventually has in common is an editor, someone that can look at your work with fresh eyes and a different perspective. The best way to meet like-minded people is by joining groups with similar goals. If there isn't a group in your area, considering starting one! 

When you meet in groups, not only are you providing yourself some structure in the form of deadlines, but you also have the opportunity to inspire - and be inspired - by the people in your group. You're sharing constructive criticism at the same time you're receiving it. It can be easy to get frustrated when you hit a wall, but talking with peers about how they worked through it, may give you insight into moving past it yourself.

Existing organizations in South Carolina are listed below, as well as a link to how to start your own organization. 

If you have any questions, please contact Andersen Cook at acook@statelibrary.sc.gov or 803-545-4432.

Statewide Affiliations

Affiliations by County

When searching for other writing groups, consider the following websites and resources if you are looking for a more formal approach. Some may require you to put in search terms such as writers group, writing group, or critique group.

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