(British Columbia Canada)
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I belong to the short fiction group and we write a 400 word exercise which is critiqued as often as once a week. The requirements are to do one write and one crit once a month to continue membership.
I also started a small writers group locally and collected information on starting groups, critiques and items of interest to members.