Writing Group Shenanigans

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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?

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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!

43 thoughts on “Writing Group Shenanigans

  1. I haven’t found one I liked. A lot of them “advertise” that they critique others works, but when you post nothing happens. I’d really like to find one in my area. A real face-to-face group. Unfortunately/fortunately, I live in the boonies of New Hampshire so It’s tough to find one.

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