I am currently a part of an exciting writer’s group at Delaware County Community College, where fellow professors and other aspiring writers meet once every other week. I started the group by utilizing a model established by professor, editor, author, and stage producer Ken Bingham, who has been running these kinds of workshops for more than two decades out of Temple University and The University of the Arts.
The primary function of the group is to exchange pieces of fiction, usually in rough draft, and hold them open to discussion, suggestion, and group criticism. We also “guest facilitate” and different members have opportunities to run the show and feature a subject before we get to the work at hand. On the 29th, we are set to discuss manuscript presentation and submissions. Cool stuff!
My favorite part of these kinds of clubs is the team element. Writers live in a lonely world sometimes, and having people to bounce ideas off of is wonderful, like therapy. We all have bold ideas waiting to be realized, and it is awesome to have a safety zone where behind the scenes we can help each other manicure the manuscripts so to speak.
I also enjoy the group dynamic because it so fits the spirit of this blog. Come to The Author’s Graveyard! Pick a plot! Put up a marker! Etch something into the stone!