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Tips for Organizing a Writing/Critique Group

Writers may write alone but we benefit from a community who "gets" us. A writers group provides educational and networking opportunities while a critique group strengthens our work. Authors Johnnie Alexander and Jean Wise present tips and ideas for starting your own group based on their own experiences establishing an online critique group with three other women they met at writers conference several years ago. Jean has also started a writing group in her hometown, and Johnnie is a founding member and past president of both the Central Florida and Memphis chapters of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).


Jean Wise is a writer and speaker at retreats, gatherings, and seminars. She is a spiritual director and Deacon for her local church. She also serves as co-executive producer of the Writer’s Chat, a weekly live streaming discussion show. Jean lives in northwest Ohio with her husband enjoying their empty nest.

Find out more at her website: www.jeanwise.org or her blog: www.healthyspirituality.org. You can find her latest books at Healthyspirituality.org/amazon.  And connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.


Johnnie Alexander writes award-winning stories in multiple genres. Her WWII novel, Where Treasure Hides, is a CBA bestseller that has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. She cherishes her country roots while spreading her vagabond wings on road trips, trains, and cruise ships.

Johnnie serves on the Serious Writer, Inc. executive board, co-hosts an online show called Writers Chat, and interviews inspirational authors for Novelists Unwind. Most of the time, she lives in Oklahoma with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, her raccoon-treeing papillon. Connect with Johnnie at www.johnnie-alexander.com and other social media sites via https://linktr.ee/johnniealexndr.