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Meetup Critique Groups

Recently I used Meetup to find writers critique groups in my neighborhood.  So far I have tried two and have been so impressed by the hard working writers and the thoughtful critiques.  I also started my own Facebook group for women's fiction and romance writers.  Writing can be so solitary, it's nice to connect with others who are working with words!

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