Four years ago, I was asked to start facilitating the Writers Group at the Erlanger Branch. The group had already been in existence for several years, but needed a new staff member to organize the meetings.
I jumped at the opportunity and have loved being part of the group ever since.
Twice a month, writers join together to share their ideas, thoughts, and writings. We talk about what we are working on, what we should do next, and how to make our ideas better. Over the years, we’ve had many different attendees, but have become a sort of support group for each other. It has even helped me become more confident in my own writing and I hope I have instilled the same feelings in my fellow writers.
The group is always open to new members, but is just for adults. Each meeting is set up the same way. Three people sign up and send samples to me ahead of time. During the meeting, those three writers take turns reading their samples out loud and then the group gives them feedback and we all discuss the piece.
That’s it! It’s easy, laid-back, and inviting.
We have had every kind of writing shared at our group, including chapters from novels, poetry, graphic novels, blog posts, nonfiction, memoir, and more. We’ve also had all different kinds of genres from fantasy to fairy tales to historical to science fiction.
Everyone is encouraging and supportive. Along with sharing ideas and discussing writing, attendees give each other advice and share tips and tricks. Each meeting is an opportunity to bounce ideas off an unbiased, welcoming group of people who all share a common passion for writing.
If you’ve always wanted to write or have a piece of creative writing that you’ve been working on, come to a meeting! We’d love to hear your story.
Writers Group is for adults and we meet the first and third Thursdays of every month at 6:30 p.m. at the Erlanger Branch. Meetings last around 90 minutes. Hope to see you there!
Lisa Clark is a library associate at the Erlanger Branch where she facilitates the adult Writers Group.