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    finding a writing group

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by chaser57, Sep 21, 2014.

    this proving more difficult than I thought. If you're in a writers group, how did you find it? if you started your own, how did you do that? and if you're in the toronto canada area shoot me a message please!
     
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    Meetup.com if it's in your neck of the woods.
     
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    yeah tried that but i work odd hours and cant get to their scheduled meetup times :( . any other ideas?
     
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    I have the same problem. Every writers group near me meats up afternoons during the week. When I am working :/
     
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    Checked my area, only few meetups but it is hit or miss
     
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    Go out and meet people. You'd be surprised how many English majors there are in the world (and many of them seem to be Army wives). At worst you'll pick up ideas for characters as you meet new people. A few weeks ago I met a man I despised so much I'll be eviscerating him in my next novel as a comical village idiot of sorts. Should prove fun.
     
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    There are many sites that provide some writing groups from which you can collect an attractive ideas and information about story deal.
     
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    I was going to suggest meetup, as that's where I found mine -- can you try starting your own meetup group? I'm surprised all the writers groups in your area meet during the day because there are certainly many people who can only meet in the evenings, after a 9-5 (ish) job.

    Have you asked at your local bookstores and libraries? Have you searched for a local Nano group -- even if you don't do nano, you might find folks in a writing group. You might also be able to check with a local college -- if there are any writing courses, there may be some folks interested in meeting. Or, you could always check for an evening writing course -- not with a university, but through some kind of extension or community learning group. Often those classes (make sure they're taught at least by an MFA or someone with some kind of credential) are not all that expensive, and you can find folks who might form the basis of a writing group there.
     
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    Well, I was about to say, post on library and bookstore billboards, but...
    Well, What Chicagoliz said.

    I would recommend, if you are looking to start up a group, limit the number of people involved. You can limit the group to a particular type/genre of writing or just open it to all genres. And make sure you collect a group of people who will get along well together and have the same common goals. (Same level of development as a writer is not really necessary because the varying degrees of ability can help everybody learn from everybody else.)

    Then you need to figure out when and where your group will meet. The first meeting might be over a meal in a local eatery just to allow everyone to meet and get to know each other and their writing interests and what they expect from the group. After that initial meet and greet however, you will want to look for a more commodious location. Many libraries will offer their large meeting rooms for patrons as do some bookstores.

    Check around and see what your options are.

    Toronto is one of my favorite cities. Hope you can get this plan off the ground, the city deserves good writers.

    Besides, if you get some playwrights in your group, maybe you can convince London to stage some of their plays in the future! Might even stimulate an elevated interest in local writers! You could be the start of something big... REALLY big!

    Good luck.
     

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