“In 1816 Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley visited Lord Byron at his villa in Switzerland. Among other subjects, the conversation turned to the feasibility of returning a corpse or assembled body parts to life. Sitting around a log fire at Byron's villa, the company also amused themselves by reading German ghost stories, prompting Byron to suggest they each write their own supernatural tale. Mary Shelley conceived the idea for Frankenstein and Lord Byron managed to write a short fragment based on vampire legends he heard while traveling the Balkans. From this fragment, John Polidori created The Vampyre, the progenitor of the romantic vampire genre. Thus, two legendary horror tales originated from this one circumstance.” (Excerpted from Wickepedia).
The focus of this Meetup writers’ group is not necessarily to create the Great American Novel, rather, to foster an environment of creativity and collaborative learning through mastering the fundamentals of writing. Each month we tackle a new genre or writing technique, share our research on the subject and put our learning to practical application in the form of an original short story, which is then lovingly critiqued by our peers. The objective is to hone individual skills while moving forward as a group.
Three simple rules apply: 1. No previous writing experience is necessary, but this is a serious writers’ group – you must do the research and submit your creative writing samples for constructive criticism, 2. Getting your work published is (should be?) the ultimate personal goal, but is not the objective with this group – our purpose is to learn and share in a mutually supportive and intellectually engaging environment, and 3. You must have fun.
So, if you think you love fiction writing and are not offended by the premise of this group, we invite you to come join us. It should be a creative blast.