(Note: The comment feature has been fixed.)I am feeling quite discouraged in my search for a writer's group. There is one meeting this morning about an hour away from me, but I can't go because of work. There is another one meeting tonight a little closer (but not much), but I can't go because attendence is limited and there are no more spaces. As well, it's farther than I want to drive on a cold, dark, icy Thursday night. Another one I attended last month wasn't what I was looking for. Another one meets at one of the campuses where I work, but conflicts with my teaching schedule. I also suspect that the students involved aren't as far along in the writing process, and it wouldn't help me much in my quest for publication.
I am almost at the point of starting my own. But I have enough on my plate already. I promised myself I would not start a writing group, no matter how desperate I become, because the responsibility for running it would quickly overcome the benefits. Unless it is clear that we are only sharing work, not trying to come up with speakers and such.
P.S. I did end up going to the meeting tonight and it was awesome! What a great bunch of people. The only thing is that I'm afraid that (as usual) I talked too much. Many writers tend to be introverted, and my extrovert personality tends to take over when I'm excited about something. I hope they didn't mind. I just wish that they met on a different monthly date, since I normally have another meeting to attend on the third Thursday. But, it really was a great meeting.