If you leave your writer cave and venture out, there are several places you can go to meet like minds.
Printers Row Literary Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
The Augusta Literary Festival, Augusta, GA.
The Tucson Festival of Books, University of Arizona campus, Tucson, Arizona.
Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Virginia,
North Texas Book Festival, Denton, Texas.
Word of South Festival of Literature and Music in Tallahassee, Florida.
SC Book Festival at theColumbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina.
2. Local books stores have author events and sometimes have notice boards for people looking for critique partners.
If you prefer to stay in your jammies, you can look for your tribe online.
7. Join social media groups for your genre or writing in general. Interact, don't just observe. There are pages for all of the main genres on Facebook. Many have their own websites you can follow.
On Facebook there are open and closed groups. You can ask to be added to a closed group. None of these sites like to be spammed with book promotions. Join the community, interact, and make connections. You can find hundreds of local, national, and subgenre groups using the Search function on Facebook. Your Facebook avatar should be a photo of you or your book, not blank.
Do not post your work in progress on groups that are not designed for critiquing. Unsolicited pleas for input are a huge turnoff in writing communities.
Build a reputation as someone who is helpful and supportive. Don't give in to the urge to criticize or deride other authors, no matter how much you dislike their work.
Mystery Writers of America
International Thriller Writers
Horror Writers Association
Historical Novel Society
8. Take online workshops. You are often assigned to a critique group.
Gotham Online Writing Workshops
Writer's Digest Online Writing Workshops (they often do local workshops as well).
Ten Universities offering online writing workshops such as MIT and Purdue.
The Crafty Writer
9. Post your work in online critique forums. You may meet other writers in your genre who are interested in finding critique partners.
10. Fan fiction sites are a place to meet other writers who share your passion.
Here are links to more resources on how to find your tribe:
The Write Life: 40 Places to Find a Critique Partner
Writer's Digest: Find the Right Online Critique Group
Inked Voices: a source for small, private writing groups
Jane Friedman: How to Find the Right Critique Group
Writing World: a critique and discussion group
Jodie Renner has complied a list of workshops and festivals for 2015 and 2016.
Whether virtual or in person, there is nothing more exciting than finding your tribe to keep you motivated, improve your skills, and grow your audience when you have a book to promote.
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