And four reasons you might not. Oh, and a book blurb!
I started a writing group at the high school I work at. Together with a couple of highly motivated students, we talk about our process, read each other drafts, talk about how to write (for instance how to write compelling dialogue), and so on. I found it really helps me to keep motivated and to keep writing in the front of my mind, and it helps them to practice and learn more about writing (and myself as well). I don't have a writing group of writers my own age, but I do have a friend who is kind enough to read my drafts and give suggestions, which is great.
Nice breakdown of writer groups. I’d include level of experience as a parsing factor for determining if a group is a good fit. I’ve written about writing syndicates over at conked.io and the novel I’m serialising there is about a heart transplant survivor who runs a writers syndicate that’s been featured in the NY Times. My group Wishlist = small, no more than 6, fiction preferably crime thriller and/or psychological thriller novel not short story focused, pro level writers with passion, not weekend warriors And a critique focus not timed writing or prompt generating. No age or gender specificity nor geographic location or academic qualification - are you out there?