Should you or shouldn’t you join one? Most definitely yes — so long as its members are serious about writing, and that you feel it is a safe place to share.
I’ve settled into two groups — one whose members make their living primarily from writing, and one whose members are committed writers driven to see their works published. In the first group we share best strategies and offer guidance when a member faces new challenges. This group is especially appreciated because writing can be so solitary and it’s wonderful to have a sounding board. In my second group, we critique each others work — constructively, which takes a certain developed talent.
Finding the right group takes time. Some groups may not share your commitment to good writing. Others may simply not be able to meet regularly. And still others may have bad karma in the mix where sharing new ideas is not conducive.
A group doesn’t have to consist of professional writers, but they should all be dedicated.