Writers Wanted!

Searching for writing groups or critique circles in Harrisonburg did not prove successful, as I did not find much.  Or anything, actually.

In a town with two universities (James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University) within minutes of one another, I got to thinking: There have to be some writers out there. JMU has creative writing/play writing/script writing/screenplay courses, for crying out loud.

Because of the serious drought of writing groups, I have decided to create my own.  I talked to some folks, made some flyers, and on Tuesday, September 8th at 7:30 PM, Shenandoah Writers will hold its inaugural meeting at Barnes & Noble (Harrisonburg Crossing).

I’m new to this whole thing, but I plan to treat this as a critique group/writing workshop.  Depending on the number of attendees and the interests of those attendees, I envision us meeting semi-monthly.

One meeting will be a full-on critique session of someone’s work (be it part of a manuscript, a short story, a query letter, a magazine article, etc.).  In the other meeting, we will read and discuss writing books; do exercises in said books; generate writing ideas; laugh, cry, and bitch at how wonderful and horrible being a writer is, etc.

Depending on the climate of the group, we could also dedicate certain months to certain types of writing or genres as well.  I would even like to see us attend writing conferences or, perhaps, persuade some speakers to come see us.

As I’m writing this, I’m getting more and more ideas…and I love it!  So many possibilities.

Last night, I dreamt about the first meeting (nerdbomber!).  In the dream, there were actually more people than I could handle, and I had to figure out how to split it into groups.  I seriously don’t think I will have this problem initially, so calm down, subconscious.  I’d settle for somewhere between 4-6 individuals who are as serious and passionate about writing as I am.  Hell, with this first meeting, I’d be happy if two people showed up!

If anyone out there has ever started anything like this before or belonged to a group such as this, let me know.  Whatever pointers you can give would be greatly appreciated.  I want this thing to be the bomb diggity, and I’m looking for any advice I can get.

Additionally, I would also be interested in doing something like this remotely – say, via the Web.  If anyone not within driving distance is wants to chat me up about that, shoot me an e-mail: ricki@rickischultz.com.

Having a group like this, bouncing ideas off others, getting feedback/criticism/support from writers is integral to good writing…and it may just help my sanity a bit.

So, if you are in H-burg on Tuesday, stop on by Barnes & Noble and help me take over the city.  I’ll be at B&N’s fake Starbucks.

Come see us at Barnes & Noble on Sept. 8th at 7:30p.m.!

Come see me at Barnes & Noble on Sept. 8th at 7:30p.m.! Shenandoah Writers needs you!

7 thoughts on “Writers Wanted!

  1. Hi Ricki! This is Courtney from the SWA conference. I found your blog through a Writer’s Market blog post. Your website looks amazing!

    Good luck starting the new writer’s club. It sounds like it could be a lot of fun. I’m subscribing, so please keep updated!

    ~Courtney

    • Hey, Courtney–

      Thanks for finding me! I am excited about this group. I’ve already had some inquiry about it, so I am thinking at least I won’t be the only one there on Tuesday?

      I plan to post minutes, so hopefully there will be something good for you to look at this week.

      Hope the college life is treating you well!
      Ricki

  2. Great effort in getting a group together. You are probably helping more people than you realize. Writers are always anxious to have others read what they write. Congrats. on starting something that will benefit many other people and good luck.

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