What’s Keeping Me Up at Night? My New Writing Group on Ning

For the last month, I’ve been talking up a web-based chapter of Shenandoah Writers, and it’s finally here: Shenandoah Writers Online.

Here's a shot of the main page in all its awesomeness.

Having recently taken the leap from teaching full time to writing full time, I am no stranger to how lonely a writer’s life can be. Therefore, I have established both chapters of SW in attempt to put writers in contact with other writers.

No matter what your genre, stage, or level of writing, you can connect with other write-minded folks right here, in this social network.


This is a password-encrypted, by-invitation-only forum, where you can:

* Ask and answer questions on the forum

* Find critique partners

* Brainstorm

* Discuss your work

* Bounce ideas off others

* Journal (in a secure forum, by way of the “Blog” feature)

* Network

* Chat with members who are online when you are

* Follow the SW-IRL (Shenandoah Writers-In Real Life) writing group (check out the “Meetings” category under “Forum” to see what books we’re reading)

* Challenge yourself with SW-IRL’s writing prompts


I know some of you have new book deals (jealous!), don’t like doing writing prompts, have school, have kids, have H1N1, but this online group can be whatever you make of it.

If you’re not into reading books about the craft, that’s totally cool. Participate as much or as little as you want, but please stop by every once in a while and keep us in the loop about your writing. This group is free to join, and I’m not going to bombard you with e-mails, so don’t worry. Even if you aren’t sure what it is you want to do with it, but you like writing, I hope you’ll check us out.

As I mentioned, membership is by invitation only, so if you are interested and I haven’t already invited you, please shoot me an e-mail at ricki@rickischultz.com.

We’d love to have you!

3 thoughts on “What’s Keeping Me Up at Night? My New Writing Group on Ning

  1. I Ricky,
    I am interested in this, but I’m not sure how to get logged in and participate in the online portion. It might be that it’s not set up yet, but if it is, please shoot me an email. Thanks so much for linking me to your blog! I’ve enjoyed it. :)Margaret

    • Margaret,

      I’ll resend your invitation to SWO. I think I sent it to whatever e-mail is listed on your Facebook page before, but I’ll send another to this one.

      Please let me know if you’re still having trouble, and I’ll be sure to get right on it!

      Hope you’re well!

  2. i would love an invitation to join swo, even though i have very little time to participate.lol. i look forward to checking out this site.

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