So... who wants to form up and be in a writers' group?
This is a serious request. If it's not you, but you know somebody, please do refer them.
I don't have all the kinks worked out on how one can do this long distance, but I notice that many of my lovely literary friends are also lovely authors. I am devouring the startling page-turner that my dear Pathogen has kindly let me read, and I have handed him my (still very incomplete) science fiction draft in return. Robert L. writes eloquent, deep, pellucid poems. My brother Robert, Pat, and I have an action-farce screenplay in the works together. While the styles are distinct and the genres wander with our tastes, I cannot help but think that we could be of support to one another... either through honest and constructive critique, or through simply keeping one another on task.
We can bring our diverse backgrounds to the table. I can offer something beyond an earnest desire to discuss the beautiful things people write: I was a writing center tutor for two and a half years. It has been forever since then, but I hope that some of that constructive collaborative goodness sticks with me.
I leave it up to you. Also, if you're on the fence but looking for a trove of references, spiky advice, and brutal peeks into the working world of a literary agent, I recommend the brilliant blog by Miss Snark, which has come to an end but whose back archives are pure, bad-tempered gold.