Newsletter: 16/8/17: The Write Group: Getting ready for another great year

Hi everyone,

Welcome to the 45th year of the Write Group. I am excited to greet you all again and return to writing after a busy Summer. I hope your Summer was fun and relaxing.

So, let’s jump in.

We Moved

Many of you could not meet on Wednesday nights, so I sent a survey out at the end of last year to search for a new day that would suit most of us. From the responses I received and with the approval of the Town, which I received about ten minutes ago, the Write Group is now meeting the first Friday of every month.

We are still meeting in the Council Chamber of the Tofield Town Office at 7:00 pm. How long we run each meeting, up to two hours, depends on the number of people who participate. The more people who attend, the more fun the meetings are, and the faster the time flies. The community of sharing, celebration and support we build cannot be formed outside of our meetings, as can be attested to by those who participate. So, I do hope you make this year the year you join us.

Our First Meeting

Our first meeting, ironically, is the second Friday of September, September 9. This is the night after Tofield’s Don’t Hibernate Fair. I look forward to seeing you there. Hopefully, I will have a new member or two to introduce you to. I will probably see a few of you at the Don’t Hibernate Fair as well. There are always a few of us wandering about looking for other clubs or organizations to join for the Fall and Winter.

Resources for Us (From Us)

Some of the things we offer in our group are announcements of current contests, markets, events and other information. We have transferred much of that information online to our Write Group blog and other platforms. This blog is continuously being greened. Every month that month’s contest, event and observance posts are updated to reflect new information and dates. In addition, new prompts, events, markets and newsletters are added when these come to my attention or are created.

By the way, if you find information you think we should share with the group, please share with me and I will post it on our blog and e-mail it out. We have done this for plays, readings and other events some of our members have hosted or participated in. So, if you have something you want to promote, give us an e-mail.

I am also trying to get the Tofield Library to release its events schedule — guest speakers, workshops or readings — to me. There are several library events we have missed over the years because we were unaware of them. As the local writing club, we should be helping promote these events and keep ourselves at least informed about guest writers and others who visit our town and library.

Now that the skeleton of our blog is nearly complete, I am hoping to add richer content to make this a great writing year for all of us. As always, you are welcome to contribute to the blog, either through me or by becoming an author on it. Check out our Write Group member pages to see what is being contributed already.
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Well, that is it from me until September. Please visit our blog and our meetings. Keep up with your community. You are always welcome to participate and contribute. Our first meeting is Friday, September 9, in the Council Chamber of the Tofield Town Office at 7:00 pm.

Here is to another great year. See you there.

Let’s have some fun and keep writing,