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Starting a Group

Postby briojoy » Wed Jan 20, 2010 11:13 am

We are in the process of building a new home. We plan to use this home as an outreach for many things. One thing I would like to do is start a writer's group. I've never even attended any, so would like input on what is needed.


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Postby dub » Wed Jan 20, 2010 12:37 pm

Maybe I can give you some insight. Others might be able to speak to the subject also.

First, let me tell you about a group that did not work. We met at a set time at a local coffee shop (back room). The organizer and leader had no agenda. His idea was to gather and "talk shop."

Second, I will share some notes about the group I currently belong to, it has been in existence for several years. We too talk a lot about writing; however each member is responsible for the program on a given month. Members present everything from research papers to scenes from novels they are working upon. Note our community is about 40K in population, and our group is about 20 folks. We meet for dinner at a country club one night per month. There are no dues, but we each $15 for dinner, tip, and share of room cost. We help with the Arts Council's annual literary symposium.

Both groups are/were secular in nature, but occupied by Christian men and women.

I have also been on the organizational end of two church based Christian groups; neither went well; one person told me it was just one more meeting at church she had to go to.
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Postby briojoy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:20 pm

Thanks so much, Dub. Good advice.

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Re: Starting a Group

Postby edteaches » Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:12 pm

My question to dub: Why did the writers group that met at a church not work out? Any particular reason besides just being at a church?

I am looking to start a writers group in New York City and I was thinking of meeting at my church. We have a reception hall where we can meet. I think it would be a good place to meet but I've never done something like this before. What would you advise?

Thank you and God bless you.

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Re: Starting a Group

Postby oursilverstrands » Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:11 pm

Where do you plan to start the group in New York? I would love to know. If you don't want to give out the address here, please feel free to contact me via PM.

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