How to Create and Run a Virtual Writing Group

Create community, communicate, share documents, comment, and compassionately lead

There are many reasons for wanting to create a virtual writing group. Which is yours?

  • I'm taking my writing group online because of covid.
  • I want to start a local writing group to meet in person when all this is over.
  • I want to add a virtual aspect to my current writing group, so we can meet and share stories between meetings.
  • I want to cast a wide net to find writers like me worldwide.

Whatever your reason for creating a virtual group, this course will help you:

  • Communicate with members using an email management system like MailChimp.
  • Vet new members using Google Forms or Facebook Group Member Requests.
  • Create a group calendar.
  • Choose a document sharing and commenting system.
  • Create rules for submitting stories and documents.
  • Choose a videoconferencing system like Zoom, Facebook, or Google Meetings.
  • Organize the meeting with word count and time limits.
  • Choose alternate admins.
  • Create rules for critique in the document and in the meeting.
  • Lead the meeting.

Writing is an act of exposure and sharing is an act of trust. This course will help you set up the group so that it is a safe place for writers to share and encourage each other.


Your Instructor


Carla King
Carla King

Carla King is the founder of the Self-Publishing Boot Camp educational series of books and workshops. With a background in technical writing and a passion for travel, she started self-publishing her bicycle and motorcycle adventure travel books in 1994. Since then, Carla has helped many others in their writing and publishing journeys.

King has been known as a leader in self-publishing education since 2010 with Self-Pub Boot Camp courses and books and her Destination Published concierge services. She organizes the self-publishing and technology track for the San Francisco Writers Conference, works as an industry advisor, speaks at publishing conferences, podcasts, and other events.

As the author of many books (on adventure travel) and as a publishing consultant, her firsthand knowledge makes King one of the most trusted guides in the industry. Her Self-Publishing Boot Camp Guide for Authors is the most comprehensive how-to manual for independent authors today. Authors and publishers around the world also count on her Consumer’s Guide for Self-Publishers with reviews of the tools and services that help independent authors publish.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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