Newsletter: 18/9/22: Welcome. How can the Write Group help you?

Hello everyone,

First, this is a long e-mail, but hopefully an informative read. This is our inaugural mid-meeting letter which I was asked to post. I will try to make these mid-meeting letters craft-centric ones. If you have any ideas you want me to write about, e-mail me and I’ll try to research the topic for you.

Welcome to the Write Group.

We are thrilled to have fellow writers like you as partners and will strive to help you become as equally thrilled about collaborating with us.

The Write Group

Who are we and what do we do?

We are a community of “writers[, from teens to seniors, from beginners to veterans,] sharing and talking about writing (our credo)“. We get together for two hours monthly to share and discuss our stories — whether those stories are fiction, nonfiction, prose or poetry. Our purpose is to “enjoy the company of other writers, share and learn, [and] encourage and stimulate one another“.

We have a great year planned. In addition to reading and discussing each other’s writing, we offer take-home writing prompts, in-meeting writing exercises, promotion of local writing and member events, a catalogue of writing competitions, an almanac of writing observances and other activities and resources.

Take some time to learn more about us.

What do you want to write?

But enough about us. We are about you. The Write Group is your club and we want to help you get as much out of it as you can.

There is no feeling like that of achievement and progress, particularly in something we are passionate about. This year we hope to help each of you set and accomplish your writing goals. To this end, you need to know your goals. Our take-home prompt from our first meeting underscored this. What writing (publishing, marketing, etc.) do you want to accomplish this year? (How can the Write Group help?)

From our list of activities, the activities listed first are those we concentrate on most during our meetings. We share our stories orally (item 4, and subordinately items 3 and 2) and we provide feedback on those readings (items 10 to 12). There are many benefits to both activities, from practice actively reading and listening to practice actively critiquing (not criticizing) and evaluating feedback.

We generally have two types of members: those who want to write purely for their own enjoyment (let’s face it, that is all of us), and those who want to write for their enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. We serve each member. The practical difference is the depth and amount of feedback we give you.

We want you to succeed, however you define success. So, if you want us to do something in our meetings or on our blog, let us know and we will try our best to serve you. If you are curious about something or have any questions, ask.

This is your group. Help us make it the group you want it to be.

What should you bring to a Write Group meeting?

We answered this best in a previous welcome letter.

Bring things you have written and want to share. Bring your ideas for improving the group. Bring paper and some writing utensil or a computer or mobile device — we might have news or a writing exercise or a prompt to take home if you are interested. Most of all just come and check us out.

By the way, if you are interested in reading our previous welcome letters, we have them posted and listed for you, along with all our other newsletters (scroll up).

At any time, you can check out our Monthly Roundup page to find out what we are doing each month. You will find quick links to up-to-date prompts, competitions, observances and events specific to each month.

A few announcements

As you noticed, many of the links above jump to our Write Group blog. Yes, we have a Write Group blog. Here you will find many of the resources referred to in our activities list. Posting them here, as well as links to our other resources, frees time during our meetings to get to reading and critiquing. It also gives you a chance to access them whenever you want. This is your blog. Feel free to use it. People from around the world already are.

Speaking of our blog, it is turning four on October 2, a few days before our second meeting on October 5.

Also occurring before our next meeting, next week on September 29, is Words in the Park hosted by the Writers Foundation of Strathcona County at the Spark Gallery in Sherwood Park.

I hope you found this letter useful. If you are curious about a writing topic or issue, let me know and I’ll see if I can address it in our next mid-meeting letter.

Welcome to another year of the Write Group, think about your goals this year and how we can serve you, and keep writing,

How can the Write Group help you reach your goals?