About This Survey

You have been invited to take this survey because you are a member of an online group that defines its membership as women creative writers and that has a feminist perspective. Thank you for your time and your willingness to share your experience. Although you may belong to more than one of these groups, for the purposes of this survey, please answer in terms of only one group, preferably the group this survey invitation came from. If you found this survey through a general Facebook post or through Twitter, be sure to share the name of the group you most closely identify with and give answers in terms of that group.

Note: If your group is private and especially if it is secret, be assured that the study will not identify the group through details or name. All groups will be given pseudonyms and any members quoted or paraphrased in the study will also be given pseudonyms. Finally, this survey is anonymous. You do not give your name and although safeguards are in place to ensure that each person only does the survey once, individual participants cannot and will not be traced through the survey. Note: This study is limited to adults, 18 and over.

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* 1. All of the groups in this survey are limited to people who self-identify as women. Which of these gender terms is the one you use or most closely identify with?

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* 2. Many feminist groups also value racial diversity. Which term comes closest to describing your racial background?

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* 3. What is the name of your group? [Note: groups will be given pseudonyms in the study itself.] If it is genre-specific (say, limited to poets only), tell what genre. If it is a part of a social media structure such as Facebook, give that information also.

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* 4. Using a scale of completely open to completely closed, what is the privacy level for your group?

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* 5. What is your age (by decade)?

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* 6. Where are you in your writing career right now?

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* 7. When you joined this group, what did you hope it would do for you?

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* 8. Once you settled in as a member, what did you find you valued in terms of posts? Please select all that apply.

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* 9. Use the text box to tell why you value the post categories you selected. Describe what those posts do and their value to you personally and to the group. For example, if you selected "Rejections Thread," tell more about it and why you find it valuable. If you chose more than one, consider writing about them all.

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* 10. What kinds of posts do you write? Select all that apply.

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* 11. Of the posts that you write, which kind do you write most often (can be more than one)? Please use the text box to answer and feel free to say why you end up writing these kinds of posts the most.

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* 12. One of the functions of a group like this can be networking. If that is the case for you, please tell more about how this group has helped you network with other writers.

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* 13. Another function of a group like this can be professional development. If that is the case for you, please tell more about how this group has helped you with your career, writing or otherwise (such as academics).

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* 14. Yet another function of a group like this can be venting. If that is the case for you, please tell more about how this group has helped you.

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* 15. If there is something that you would like to say about this group and its functions that the previous questions did not cover, please write it here.

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