What to Expect From a Writers’ Group
You’ve written and rewritten that piece SO many times you’ve lost perspective. You need feedback. A writers’ group, or a writing partner, is the best way to get that. A friend or lover, keen reader though she may be, will probably just give a polite (or overly critical?) overview. And she’s probably not familiar with the mechanics of story crafting.

A writers’ group will give you honest—and respectful—reflection about your darling, guided by protocols that should include:

Agreed rules for giving and receiving feedback
Members with a similar range of expertise and commitment
Regular meetings […]