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!

Rickischultz.com, Baby. Can You Dig It?

More than likely, if you’re reading this blog, you have either accessed it from my Facebook or Twitter link to it, which would mean you probably already saw my link to my brand-spanking-new Web site, www.rickischultz.com.

However, if you somehow missed the memo, here’s the 4-1-1: I now have a Web site.

This will serve as yet another way for me to shamelessly promote my writing into stardom.  Please visit it, as well as my blog, fifty times a day.

Thank you for your cooperation.

All part of my plan to take over the world.  What's that?  Are those my hands, you ask?

All part of my plan to take over the world. What's that? Are those my hands, you ask?