So let me ask you this: How many of you have taken workshops at The Writer's Center and discovered kindred spirits in the workshop? People you ended up getting together with after the workshop was over. Maybe you formed a little group and continue to send your stories/poems/whatever to them on occassion. Then you get together and talk turkey.
I'm betting many of you have.
Sometimes these groups form from direct contact in workshops. Other times--as I saw today on Craigslist--they form very deliberately, in the form of ads for writers. However they form, writing groups can be a really invigorating way to develop as a writer. Let me ask you all (all of you who are out there. Hello? Hello? Anyone there?), Are you in a writer's group? Yes? No? If yes, what are your stories? Is there a particular number that is good when forming a group? How large is your group? Is 4 in the group okay but 5 too many? Did you form the group because you have different tastes or similar?
Look for a post from WC instructor Susan Land tomorrow. She's going to discuss revising her story--which placed second--in Bethesda Magazine's recent contest.
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