Seven writers attended the meeting: three regulars (Diane, John, Art) and four new members (Maureen, Donna, Stephen, Susan).
We began the meeting by introducing ourselves. We haven’t done this for a long time, and it was a good exercise for all of us. We shared where we were from, our writing history and current projects.
It turns out we are a diverse group of writers: traditionally published, untraditionally published, unpublished, fiction writers, nonfiction writers and poets. We are all in different stages of our writing lives.
We discussed writing in general, some of the expectations for a writers group and what we’d like to see take place during meetings. One suggestion was for meetings to begin with each member providing a report on the progress of their current work in progress. This is intended to keep us on task and accountable.
For the September meeting, please prepare a statement about your current writing project. You can include the title of your project, what it involves, what stage you are at and where the project is headed.
Diane suggested the possibility of two meetings per month: one specifically to discuss the craft of writing and one to discuss self-publishing and marketing. This would give each meeting a specific focus. It would also allow those not interested in self-publishing the option of not attending.