[Note: I started this group after discovering the awesome Writer Together group while living in London. I've copied much of their setup when creating this group for Sydney and I heartily suggest you check them out if you're ever in Ol' London Town]
Writing can be difficult and lonely. Sometimes we need to get out and away from our own distractions and excuses. Pubs, cafes and parks are nice but wouldn't it also be good to be part of a group of writers? So let's work quietly together, gently encouraging each other to soldier on, and minding each others things when we have to go to the loo...
Is simple. We are a serious group of writers that meet somewhere comfortable and write for 2, 3 or 4 hours straight. Each person works on their own and sets their own targets. What you write is entirely up to you. But here is the difference: you are not alone. Others are around you, typing, scribbling or looking out into the distance. Their company will help you stay focused, stop you from drifting, and keep on writing. There's more about the groups history and philosophy here.
A profile photo, preferably a real one
A brief description of yourself
A very short answer to the Micro Fiction question. Just a sentence or two. Shows us who's serious enough to give it a try and thus more likely to attend meetings.
Distractions must be kept to a minimum, so no mobile phones, music or talking. Just pretend you're in a library. Sssh!
If you really have to do be noisy then do it away from the group
Writers work on their own projects. No sharing or judgement of work. You measure your own progress and success.
The show must go on! If the host is a no show then find other writers and get writing. There are no excuses for not writing.
Attend meetings you RSVP to. This makes it a lot easier for hosts (who may be reserving tables). If you can't attend update your RSVP and let the host know.
When events are at a commercial venue (e.g. cafe or restaurant) try to buy something, anything, to make us welcome there. Think of it as a venue fee. DO NOT bring your own food & drink. This makes us look really bad.
WHAT WE ARE NOT
We are not a critique group. Your work will not be reviewed.
We are not a social group. People work in silence.
We are not a workshop or a place with teachers/mentors. People are busy with their own work.
WHAT YOU NEED Bring your unfinished project e.g. novel, short story, screenplay, poem etc. Bring pen & paper, computer or whatever you like using. If it's electronic please check the battery will last because venues might not have power sockets available.
AFTERWARDS After the session time is up you are free to talk, socialise and share experiences with fellow writers. Almost anything goes. Sometimes we go out for a drink. It is also perfectly acceptable to come just for the writing and leave politely straight after. Your writing always comes first.
MOTIVATIONAL RANT (in case you need it) Writing doesn't happen by itself. It's a constant battle against procrastination, distractions and "I'm too tired/busy/bored etc." Resist all this and commit to your passion. Attend our meetings as often as possible. They do get easier and you will get better. Just ask our members!
BEING A HOST Writers want to write as much as they can. Let's make it happen. With such a simple idea, it should be possible for lots of hosts to run regular meetings all over the place. The more choices the better. Read this page about becoming a host.
QUESTIONS/PROBLEMS I want these meetups to be enjoyable and productive. If any problems arise or you have an idea to share, please message me. Feel free to suggest suitable venues as well. Warm regards and good writing, Lachlan.