I started a writing and reading group the other day – random, right? I’ve been wanting to join one for a while, but I’ve had a hard time finding a group that felt right. Sure, there are a few options nearby, but they all seem a little, umm… stodgy, you know? I’ve wanted to join something fresh and fun and energetic, full of passionate people who love words as much as I do. Who’d have thought it’d be so hard to find such a group?
Well, in the end I decided to start my own group from scratch. I organised it through Meetup.com and I wasn’t really sure if anyone would be interested, but now there’s, like, 20 people or something. (The website is down at the moment so that’s just a rough estimate).
Our first meeting was on Saturday and I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I was exhausted after putting together the crazy-last-minute application for the writing fellowship (and a HUGE ‘thank you’ to everyone who sent testimonials my way – I’m so overwhelmed by all the writing love!!), and it was also my brother’s 30th birthday celebration on Friday night… so I wasn’t cruising at my optimal energy levels come Saturday morning. But you know what?
The people who came were really cool and so friendly! It was such an eclectic group from all walks of life, with all different writing/reading outlets and passions. Conversation flowed smoothly and we talked about all kinds of reading and writing topics. We just had a really good time!
We’re going to meet once a month for a while and just see how things pan out as we go. Next month we’re going to chat about editing, which I think will be really interesting. (I’m one of those weirdos who loves the editing phase of writing, so I can’t wait!). If you live on the Sunshine Coast (Australia), you’re over 18, and you want to come along next time (and you’re not a psychopath), feel free to email me for details!
To finish this post, I want to put a question out there: I know a number of you who follow this blog are writers and readers yourselves, so how many of you are members of writing/reading groups? And what do you do in your groups if you are? I would love any wisdom or advice you might have!