WordWizards is an International group of Writers: poets, novelists, short story writers, essayists and others who through email discuss the world of writing, disseminate information, offer help, criticism and general support to other members of the group.
Wordwizards has been in operation since 1999. It began much earlier than that in the guise of a previous mailing list on a private listserv paid for by a generous patron. When that patronage came to an end, Victoria Tarrani started up Wordwizards with egroups, a free mailing list provider. It later transferred to yahoogroups.
The strength of the group lies in its cosmopolitan mix of writers and its generous but rigorous spirit. It includes not just poets or fiction writers but writers from various backgrounds who enjoy writing across different genres. It is not just a place to display writing and get "pats-on-the-back" from uncritical readers. It encourages writers to criticise the work of other members, but always in a positive way — to offer encouragement and critical insights — with the purpose of helping writers to improve their work and think about their audiences.
For more information, please read the Wordwizards Guide