We all hear about how insightful they can be, but how many of us are part of a group that isn’t online?
I know it’s convenient to just log onto Facebook, LinkedIn, or Discord and chat with like-minded writers, along with sharing our work and hoping for reads.
But those can only get you so far. And that’s where meeting in person comes in. So, let’s jump into my experience!
How I Found Mine
The ball got rolling in mid-March.
I was reading the latest issue of an events magazine for my favorite bookstore when I spotted a section advertising open writing groups on one of the pages.
The two that stuck out to me were Prompts and Writing Fiction. The others were mainly poetry-related, and it wasn’t what I needed.
Prompts had a siren’s call to me, though. It was exactly what I’d been looking for. And it fit better into my schedule.
Of course, I didn’t start right away. Prompts only meets every first and third Wednesday of each month.
And since it was closer to the end of March than the beginning, I figured I’d wait until April to join; I prefer starting new things at the beginning of the month.
Why I Joined
Lately, I’ve struggled to find an initiator for a story, even if I know vaguely what I want to write. And it is frustrating as hell at times, especially when there’s a cool challenge I want to enter.
Also, I felt like I’d hit a plateau in my growth as a writer and knew I needed something to push me forward.
And unlike many others, I prefer the face-to-face vibes and interactions of in-person events. So, I decided to give it a try.
My First Session
It’s from 10:30 am to noon, so I had to rearrange my morning schedule a bit. No big deal there.
But it took me a few minutes to find where the group meeting was; made a slight challenge when carrying a wooden writers’ messenger bag because you thought it was cool and your mom gave it to you as a birthday present.