Writing can be a solitary journey. There is no one right or wrong way to pursue your love of writing, and no two writers share the exact same experiences. The methodology that works for one person often doesn’t work for another. Writers are a little like stars in the sky – while there are countless numbers, each is completely unique and capable of creating their own world full of wonder.
9 Bridges creates connections – bridging differences in styles, personalities and level of experience. We feel we can all learn from one another, whether it means a poet might learn something new about cadence from a science fiction writer, or that a horror writer might coach a memoir writer about tension. We strive to not only connect writers to writers, but to give writers greater access to the communities that can help them the best.
We do this through offering positive, supportive activities that help writers improve their skills and focus so they can succeed.
Verbal Critique Groups: The format is simple - each member brings a sample of their current work in progress and reads it out loud to the group. Feedback is based on based on what is heard, and this provides a different experience than seeing things on paper.
Write-Ins: Write-ins are part group writing and part discussion. Bring your WIP and get some serious writing done within a group setting.
Specialized groups: Whether you are working on a specific aspect of your writing or looking for a specific type of critique group, we have small focused groups for serious writers.
Finally, we partner with other organizations to bring discounts and/or free admissions to members for conferences, events and services.
Membership is free. We keep this organization up and running through the generous support of our members. Please consider assisting us - we are an Oregon-based 501(c)3 non-profit and your donation is tax-deductible.