Why You Should Start or Join a Writer’s Group

WHY WRITER’S GROUPS ARE GREAT

When I moved to my current city, there was no writer’s group, so I created one. I am so glad I did. I have met some great friends that I might not have otherwise. There is a great sense of community and family between the members of our group. Basically, it’s a small club that gets together once a month at the local library to talk about what we have done as writers, what we are doing now, and what we want to do in the future. It’s great. We get to share ideas and talk about the failures and successes we have had, and in this way, we all learn from each other.

Putting yourself in a room with a bunch of other writers also helps let you know that you are not alone in your desire to write, create and succeed. There are others out there who are wondering if there are others out there, help them find each other.

Another great outcome of a writer’s group can be new collaborations between members. My writer’s group, Skiatook Writers And Poets, (S.W.A.P.) is putting together an anthology that will be released this September at the yearly Pioneer Days Festival. This anthology will include writings from many current and former residents of Skiatook and the surrounding area, and the very existence of this book will help to enrich the culture of our city. I’m proud to be a part of that. As I grow and change as a writer and author, it becomes increasingly important to me to share what I have learned with others, and assist everyone I can as they endeavor to succeed with their own books, blogs, etc. That’s why I created this site.

HOW TO START A WRITER’S GROUP

The Skiatook Writers And Poets group started when I wrote up a one page proposal to the local public library. In the proposal, I asked if I could start a group that would meet once a month to talk about writing. The library approved my proposal and the group was born. Then, I contacted the local newspaper and asked them if they would please run a small feature on our group, which they did, and we had a good turnout for our first meeting, and every meeting after that. The newspaper continues to incude our meeting dates in the monthly calendar of local events, so the group remains visible. New members come and go throughout the year, but we have a solid group that attends every meeting if they can.

One of the biggest things you can do to help your writing career is to continually learn new things about your craft, and starting or joining a writer’s group is a good way to do that. Find out if your town or city has one, and if not, do everyone a favor and get things rolling.

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