Yes, the the Novelist's Circle has been helping authors for 2 years now. It developed from a huddle of tentative writers in the corner of a room, to a boisterous group of wordsmiths, each bringing his/her strengths and life skills to the table.
Some common comments from members:
* Everyone is so friendly and relaxed.
* It's amazing how motivating just talking to other writers can be.
* Critiquing is always done in a considerate and supportive way.
* Hearing different view points is helpful to finding your own voice.