This is only my second post here and I might come off as a bit pretentious in posting about this, or maybe be written of (see the joke, written off? 'cuz we're writers... hilarious!) as a scammer or somesuch. I hope not, and if you're interested in helping to form a writing-group you should read on! Now, this will in no way steal members from this site, at least that isn't the intention. The idea is to form a group of up to twenty people (though I'm thinking we'll stay at a more manageable 5-10) interested in improving their writing and polishing the material they churn out in a environment which the writers can feel secure in posting without risk of the material being regarded as "published" by publishers of various kinds. Not to say that everyone must have as a goal to be published in some way, but showing the material for the group shouldn't decrease the possibility. Think of it as a closed circle of alpha and beta readers, something all writers should have, I would even go as far as saying need to have if they want to improve on their writing. Why not just do all that here, or on any other writing forum? Well, in my own case I do want to get published, and the things I will share will be material I will submit to magazines, traditional publishers or one day publish on my own. Therefore I don't want it to be lying around on a (relatively) public forums, which might lower my chances at achieving those goals. All right, but why? The group's focus will be on reading and criticizing original material provided by its members. That means that we won't be a discussion forum, I leave discussions, guides on writing and such to forums like this one, after all the goal isn't to replace but to supplement forums and sites such as this one. The advantages of a writing group formed over the web is that we likely will be more honest and upfront with each other when giving criticism, which, at least according to me, is much preferred to the unconditional thumbs up generally given by close relatives and friends. It also allows us to form bonds with like-minded across the globe, which definitely is an advantage, especially if you, like me, have a rather paltry number of friends as passionate about books as yourself. How will it be done then? This hasn't been decided, but I have a few ideas on it. A private forum or blog, or maybe a mailing list. Suggestions are very welcome and if you know of other groups that have a great way of doing this tips or contact info are even more welcome. This sounds interesting, so what now? Well, the purpose of this post and others like it on other forums and sites is to get a feel of the waters, see if there's any interest in joining as well as put the concept on print, so to say. Hopefully we'll receive both responses from people willing to join and helpful tips on how realize this in the best way possible. My hope is that at around this weekend we'll have gotten a group together and started working on a foundation for us to work from. Okey, I'm done now. Any and all questions are welcome and I'll do my best in answering them as soon as possible! Constructive criticism is welcomed as well.