Your New Organizer Kimberly Clouse

From: Kimberly
Sent on: Monday, June 2, 2014 5:58 PM

Hi Santa Cruz Writers Club Members,

On impulse, I decided to go for it when I saw the email asking if anyone wanted to step up and take over as the Organizer. I've never organized a meetup group before, so bear with me as I learn the ropes.

I'm a member of a couple of writing groups already, so I have some good role models for how to put together a good meeting. I may try a few new things, as well, to see what works best for our group. I'd like our Club to primarily be a safe place and resource for writers who want to share their writing, but also a place where people challenge themselves to go beyond their current limitations and grow as writers.

As a writing community, I'd like our group to be a place where we share information, listen to each other's writing (stories, essays, poems, etc), encourage each other when the going gets tough, push each other to stretch when we get complacent, and celebrate our successes as fellow travelers on the path. I encourage writers who are just starting out, as well as experienced writers who already have publications to their name, to participate.

I'd like to gather your ideas, hopes, fears, while I search for a place to hold our first meetup. What would you like to see happen in our group? Do you want to

  • spend time writing together, with, or without, a writing prompt?
  • discuss current trends in the market place?
  • discuss publishing opportunities?
  • read our work to each other?
  • discuss each other's work in order to provide helpful feedback to the other?
  • go on a writing retreat?
  • do public readings of our work?

Also, let me know if you have any thoughts about the size of our group meetings, how long the meetings should be, preferred days and times for meetups, preferred venues, or any other practical aspects to consider.

I hope to hear from everyone over the next week and I'll post our first meetup as soon as I find the right place to gather, hopefully in about a week. In the mean time, happy writing!

I look forward to hearing what you have to say, and especially to meeting everyone soon!

Yours in craft,

Kimberly

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