Given the ongoing efforts to reduce close personal contact with others due to COVID-19, I am seeking suggestions for the best way to conduct writing workshop groups online. This is usually a physical gathering for writers to brainstorm, share, and critique with guidance. I know that Zoom is free and could facilitate video calls for everyone. What about sharing or editing/reviewing written work among the group? Thanks for any suggestions!

  • Haven't done it myself, so this is far from authoritative, but just a couple points to note: Zoom is somewhat limited (in number of participants and duration) in its free version; Discord might serve you better. For real-time editing and sharing, Google Docs and similar applications work fairly well in my experience.
    – AmaiKotori
    Commented Mar 13, 2020 at 19:21

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Google Docs is a free and user-friendly way to share writing, collaborative edits, and comments. You could have that (or any similar web application) up on the screen, while on a call, to approximate the experience of being in a room together with printed writings.


Seems to me Skype does all of the above. It has call, video call, text and file sharing features all built in.


Facebook Groups are worth trying, my UK Small Business group has 600+ members.

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    I don't see how your example of a "small business group" is applicable to OP's situation. Could you elaborate?
    – F1Krazy
    Commented Apr 1, 2020 at 21:10

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