I am enjoying the online writing forum. My group is small--about six of us--but each member has offered valid critiques/suggestions about the poem and the story I posted. It's amazing how others can see the flaws that a fellow writer misses.
I hope I've returned the favor with my comments---pointing out what is extra-good and making suggestions about what might be changed.
The way it works is like this: The moderator sends out about four topics for a poem and four for a short-story. The former has a 32-line limit; the latter can be no longer than 2000 words. We can't post until a certain date, usually about a week after receiving the topics. Then we have a week to read and do crits on the drafts.
After that, we post a re-write and do more crits. A week or so down the line, the final piece may be posted. Then, we take a deep breath, and more topics are handed out.
What a good way to get the creative juices flowing and to benefit from other writers' ideas!
And, it's free! You can't beat that!