A successful group starts with a shared vision. You’ve already started this process by thinking about your own goals and what you want out of a writing group.
If you have group mates in mind already, sit down and discuss your individual goals and what you’d like to achieve together. Write down the goals you share. You can distill this into a set of group goals or a mission statement. These should in part drive how you organize your group.
Here are some examples. You can make yours as simple or complex as you want.
You may be starting this process without group mates in mind. Many people do, maybe even most. In this case, use your personal goals and what you are looking for in a group as a “rough draft” for the process. Likewise, pick a general group structure—writing practice, critique, support/social or accountability. This will give potential joiners an idea of what you are looking to do. Once you’ve got some interest, you can refine the goals together and make them into a shared group vision.