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Want to Join or Start a Writer’s Group?

Article by NEWP © 27 January 2013.
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Scroll down to find a writers group near you!

One of the key elements that became obvious from our work on the National Emerging Writer Programme was just how useful writers groups can be. But from talking to writers, we know that they can be tricky to find.

Eileen Casey who set up several extremely productive writing groups in Dublin, explains in this PDF Setting up a Writing Group, how to set up a group in your area. If you set up a group you’ll need members, and we hope that’s where we can help.

If you’re not the organising type, we would suggest contacting your local library in the first instance to see if they are running a group that has room for more members, or would consider setting up another one. A sign on the library notice board is always a great way to attract other local writers.

In order to help our users connect with each other we thought we’d use this blog as a noticeboard for you to post your location and contact details (a Twitter ID or Facebook link is ideal) If you don’t have Twitter or Facebook, register with writing.ie and we’ll have your email on file so can we can connect group organisers with you if necessary. So…

Writing Group Organisers: Leave a comment below detailing where your writing group meets, when and how often, and if you are looking for new members. Please leave a contact email /Twitter/Facebook link so prospective members can contact you and put ‘Group Organiser’/Your Location in bold at the top of the post so visitors can scroll through posts quickly to find you.

Prospective Writing Group Members: If you are looking to join a group, scroll through the posts from Group Organisers to see if there is one near you, if not,  leave your details – including what you are writing (genre) and where you are in your writing career (emerging/short stories published/novel in progress etc) – in the comments section at the end of this post. Check back regularly to see if others near to you are also looking to join a group – contact them to find out if they’ve found one.

Much as we’d like to co-ordinate a national writing group initiative, we don’t have the man (or woman!) power at the moment to connect everyone, but we know that you are a resourceful lot…

In addition to real life face to face writing groups, you can set up a writing group using a private page on Facebook, connecting with writers from anywhere in the world. If you are looking for members for a virtual group, leave your details below. If you have experience of other platforms that work for writing groups, do let us know!

Follow National Emerging Writer Programme online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Developed by writing.ie and Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the National Emerging Writer Programme is consists of three 40 minute videos: ‘Start Writing’, ‘Telling the Story’ and ‘Revising, Rewriting and Overcoming Obstacles’. Focusing on essential writing technique, it is packed full of tips.