Thank you all for your helpful answers!
@msorensson: I hear ya. Hubby said if I decide to join, he'd help me find the time to go, he thinks it's that important. :)
@Ciel: I've tried to find online groups (other than hubpages) to get some feedback. I've asked friends to look over stuff, but they are all busy with life stuff, so that hasn't been very productive. And strangers kinda think you're a little off when you shove stuff in their face and ask them to read it. lol (j/k) but I'm getting desperate. :)
@Pennypines: I'm sorry to hear your mentor died. :( It sounds like she was a great influence on your writing. I would love to find someone like that! I hope you have continued success. wow!