Yesterday was the inaugural meeting of the new writers group started at the Runaway Bay Library on the Gold Coast. We are a diverse group, interested in a variety of different genres and all at different phases of our writing and writing careers. I think that rather than being a difficulty, this diversity is what will lend our group interest and strength.
I’ve never been responsible for organising a writers group before so was a little anxious about how it would go. I think it was great. I should have known better than to fret. When you put a group of writers around a table it never fails to become a storytelling event, and this was exactly the case with our group.
One of the first things we needed to do was choose a name for the group (especially so that I could stop referring to us as ‘the group’ in my blog). Creativity and humour leant all the possibilities an appeal. Some of the suggestions were:
The Write Stuff
Myself, I preferred Finishing Touch, as it felt nice and positive. Also, this is what I need the group to do for me. I need them to keep me on task. I need them to expect things from me. I need them to expect that I will act like a writer and actually write! (I’ve been a bit slack with that lately).
As a group, we also decided that we need to feel purposeful. It won’t be a group that is about chitchat, it’ll be directed and helpful. When I can, I’ll get other writers and industry people to talk to us about their field, their methods and experiences. We’re also going to refer to a lovely little book called ‘The Weekend Novelist’ which will hopefully help to step people through the process of producing a finished product.
All in all, our meeting finished on a very positive note and I’m really looking forward to the next. For a girl who never was a ‘joiner’, I think this is going to be a wonderful new experience!