It’s been fifteen years since I’ve been in a writer’s group. Not coincidentally, it’s been fifteen years since I was living an art-committed life.
Last week I participated in an inaugural meeting of a writer’s group. We cobbled ourselves together in various ways — one posted her card on a writer’s center bulletin board, others met each other in writing classes, and two connected via Twitter and their respective blogs.
There are seven of us, quite diverse in many ways. We have varying writing projects — a sci-fi novel, a memoir, a creative nonfiction book, a play, a cookbook. We are a range of ages, professional backgrounds, and interests. Of those who are parents, the children’s ages range from infancy to adulthood.
We all have a few things in common, however.
We all desire the motivation to write that comes with a deadline to share work.
We all seek constructive feedback on our writing.
We all crave being a part of a trust circle of fellow creatives, where we can share our dreams and struggles without judgment.
It’s early yet, but I think we’ve found all of those things. I’m very optimistic, and I can’t wait to receive those first pages from my fellow group members.
Are you in a writer’s group, or a group of creative peers? What advice do you have for how to assemble one or ensure one succeeds?