Joining a writers group can help a writer take their work to another level. You want to find a group with writers moving in different places in their career, established writers, newbies and middle-of-the-roaders. Too many of one kind may leave the group a bit one-sided. For example, a group with a majority of newbies may look to you to be the teacher of the group and while you can learn something from everyone, you want to have a an opportunity to learn from someone with more experience than you as well.
You also want a group that can offer constructive criticism. A bunch of haters will ruin the group and a bunch of yes men lead to the lemming scenario in the above cartoon and no one experiences much growth from either.
Online or in person the choice is up to you with upsides and downsides to both, but date around and see which group works for you.
Have you joined a writer’s group? What has been your experience?