I’m the type of person who would never have thought about joining a writing group. In real life I’m not very sociable so meeting and talking with other writers about all things writing would have been at the bottom of my list of things to do. It might not have even been on my list.
In 2010, I enrolled on the Open University’s Advanced Creative Writing course. An essential part of the course was a group forum, where students could post and critique each others work. I met an amazing group of writers and the support and camaraderie we had helped me get through to the end.
As we approached the last few weeks of the course a few of us decided to keep in touch. We created a forum where we could continue to post our work; let each other know about competitions and encourage some serious writing. Steel City Writers were born.
That was nine months ago and the group is still going strong. We try to meet once a month to chat about our writing. We use Twitter and the forum to encourage and support each other.
We decided to e-publish an anthology of short stories and poetry from the course (more on the e-book in a future post) and thought this writing blog might help others do the same.
Being around people who understand the writing process and who are going through the same issues, doubts and struggles as I am, helps enormously. We all share the same end goal and the encouragement helps me focus on my work.
So the decision to join the Steel City Writers was the right one for me. Without their support I might not have started my blog, joined Twitter or have the confidence and inspiration to complete my novel. Hopefully we can inspire a few others along the way.
If you get the opportunity to join a writing group, go for it. If you decide it’s not for you then at least you’ve given it a go. If it is for you then it might be the push you need to take your writing to the next level.
Thanks for reading and please leave us your thoughts on writing groups.