On Saturday I attended the inaugral meeting of our local writers' group. I'd recently come to the realisation that a very high percentage of people in my suburb are creative types. So when my friend Gaynor, who recently joined the magazine ZADifference, introduced me to writer and producer Anita Khanna ( she who won an award from the South African Film and Television Awards for The Mating Game, a TV series that was broadcast on SABC), talk naturally inched towards finding a way to support each other with our creative projects.
I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical that it could work. I've joined a writing group before, and showed up for one meeting, but life happened and it's so much easier (and rewarding) to connect with other writers online.
But Gaynor was soo eager and I do need to get out of the house once or twice a week:-). So I agreed to the plan to meet and the first meeting went wonderfully well.
We had a good representation of new and experienced writers, and the discussion went well enough that we scheduled the second meeting. It is a closed, by invitation group, with members hopefully coming from our suburb or surrounds. We believe that this will make the group manageable.
I left the meeting with my head buzzing with new insight on how I can improve my writing business, the way I craft stories and how my life impacts on my writing. I was also dazzled by Anita's generosity of spirit: she lent some of the writers her books ( which deal with aspects of the craft), recommended a few more ( that she'd loved but no longer had) and she even showed us a draft of a 20 minute script she'd done because she couldn't get over the story buzzing in her head, essentially showing newbies what a movie script looks like.
Some local writers couldn't come because of their life demands, and others travel through work. So it was suggested that those who cannot attend in the flesh can Skype into the monthly meetings. We all have laptops and PCs, so it should make participation easier if one can't leave home that day. Nice, yes?
So. Do you belong to a writing group? Have you ever joined one? What did you like/dislike about writing groups? What would you want from one?