Writing circle

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A writing circle is a group of like-minded writers needing support for their work, either through writing peer critiques, workshops or classes, or just encouragement.[1] There are many different types of writing circles or writing groups based on location, style of writing, or format. Normally, the goal of a writing circle is to improve one's own craft by listening to the works and suggestions of others in the group. It also builds a sense of community, and allows new writers to become accustomed to sharing their work. Writing circles can be helpful inside and outside of the classroom.

What a Writing Circle Does[edit]

A writing circle brings writers from different walks of life together, in one place to discuss their work in a workshop style setting. Writers will be able to give feedback, and hear suggestions from fellow writers. It can build community in a classroom, and help students gain public speaking cleans. This workshop method could be used for any genre of writing (creative prose, poetry, etc.).


How Writing Circles Help the Writer[edit]

  • Builds a sense of community
  • Helps writers become more confident in their own work
  • Teaches writers how give and receive constructive criticism
  • Can learn from one another's mistakes and successes
  • Writers can learn to appreciate different opinions and views
  • Could be used a form of group therapy (Writing for healing)




  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Alberta Romance Writers' Association
  • Atlantic Publishers' Marketing Association.
  • Calgary Association of the Romance Writers of America.
  • Canadian Authors Association.
  • Federation of English Language Writers of Quebec
  • Literary Translators' Association of Canada/ Association des traducteurs et traductrices litteraires du Canada
  • Manitoba Arts Council
  • Manitoba Writers' Guild
  • Ottawa Independent Writers
  • Outwrites (Toronto)
  • PEI Writers' Guild
  • Professional Writers Association of Canada
  • Territorial Writers Association and Conference
  • Union des Ecrivain(e)s Québécois(e)s
  • Writers' Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Writers' Community of Durham Region (WCDR)
  • Writers' Federation of New Brunswick


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United States[edit]


  1. ^ Ruiz, F. "What Is a Writing Circle?". Wisegeek.net. Retrieved 27 February 2013.