I’m a big proponent of writing groups as a low-tech, high-touch way for writers to help each other.
Nothing beats sitting at a table together and talking about the work. What about this page works? What doesn’t? Who might want to publish this piece?
Let’s face it — nothing about writing is easy. You can tell yourself nobody needs your pages. Really, there are already plenty of books in the world. Even Ecclesiastes says so!
And heavens knows writing doesn’t pay. So why do all that hard work? There’s a whole internet out there to cruise through . . .
If you want to write, it helps to have support, encouragement, feedback, and critique. Plus deadlines. Every writer needs deadlines. When you have a writing group, someone is expecting your pages.
I’m going to attend Festival of Faith & Writing April 10-12 and am happy to be leading a Friday lunch forum on the topic of Writers Groups. (It’s not too late to sign up — I noticed that late registration has been extended through Sunday, March 23.)
If you plan to attend FFW, I hope you’ll pop by so we can meet. If you’re a RevGal, check out the Facebook group about a meet-up.
My good friend and writing group compadre, Mary Ann McKibben Dana is doing a Saturday lunch forum called “Off the Page and In the Flesh: Presentation Skills for Authors.” Another fabulous topic for writers!
And would either MaryAnn or I be leading these forums if we weren’t in the same writing group? We’ve been encouraging each other for years. When the FFW folks were setting up the schedule, I asked them to put me and MaryAnn in different time slots so we could support each other. Because that’s how writing groups roll.