Marcia Strykowski

Writing Groups

There’s nothing like a great writing group for honest feedback and to hang out with like-minded people who actually get what it’s like to write, revise, and then begin again, over and over.  I’ve been fortunate to be a part of several wonderful groups.

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The Wingate Writers

For our first couple of years, Wingate Writers met in a tiny theater on art-laden Wingate Street just behind the city’s main drag.  We’d spend hours searching for perfect words to make the visions in our minds clear for future readers. KevinRomano - CopyOne dark and stormy night, the power went out. With the aid of flashlights rescued from cars, we carried on with our critiques between thunder claps. Another time we held an event at a local café. Six or seven Wingate members read their short stories aloud to an enthusiastic audience. Often there were more than a dozen writers at our biweekly Monday night meetings. Many success stories and award-winning books sprang from this dedicated group.

My current writers' group at a SCBWI conference years ago . Many books later, we're still meeting and sharing our stories.

My current writers’ group at a SCBWI conference years ago . Many books later, we’re still meeting and sharing our stories.

Fellow children's' writers and illustrators getting together for the holidays.

Fellow children’s writers and illustrators getting together for the holidays.

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2010 Novel Revision Retreat at Rolling Ridge

I included the above retreat picture from four years ago because I’ll be attending again in a few weeks—very excited!

Whether you’re new to writing or an old pro, don’t give up on finding fellow writers in your area (or online). For example, you might take a course in writing and then form a critique group with other class participants. Be brave, be tough-skinned, and get all you can out of those valuable second opinions. Most of all, keep writing!

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16 Comments

  1. mirkabreen

    You’ve been in some beautiful bunches over the years. Love those dedicated writers critiquing in the storm with flashlights, a story worthy of development on its own.

    • Thanks, Mirka. Lots of fun memories with my writer friends.

  2. Yes, I agree on all points. A writers group can do wonders for a story. I’ve also met some marvelous people online. Thanks for the links, too

    • You’re welcome, Greg! I feel lucky to know so many local writers, and there are so many of us online, too.

  3. It sounds like you’ve worked with wonderful people throughout the years. :)

    Yvonne

    • Definitely, there’s a lot of talented friendly writers out there.

  4. Katie L. Carroll

    How blessed you have been in the writing company you keep. I’ve been in the same group for at least 5 years now. We’ve gone through some changes over the years, and it’s a really fantastic group of writers currently. We took the summer off and I’m excited for our meeting in September!

    • That’s wonderful that you’re in with a great group of writers. We usually break for the summer, too. Enjoy your next meeting and thanks for your comment, Katie!

  5. I’ve said it before, and I will say it again you have my utmost respect. I adore books and reading but write one – no thank you! Trying to put two words together on my blog is hard enough.

  6. Your writing group looks and sounds like a wonderful bunch. I love how you guys looked for words together despite the storm and darkness, and how many books later, you are still watching out for one another’s WIPs.

  7. Ashley

    This is another inspiring post. Maybe I’ll get into a writer’s group someday.

    • I hope you do, Ashley. Maybe you’ll start a new group!

  8. Bette Norton

    Great Post Marcia! Your writing groups sound very special!

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