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Re: [writers-654] June 24, place, other ways of running these

From: heath
Sent on: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 8:02 AM
> Genuine Joe's has a sign up sheet and calendar for
> days, nites, etc. that one can put down for weeks in
> advance.  There is a large room for meetings and there

Yes, genuine Joe's looks like a good option for the next one and I
will set that up soon.

I feel like expenses came up a couple of times last meetup and that
really was not my goal.  I felt crummy about it by the time it was
over.  So in the future I'm just going to not worry about it.  It's
worth the stipend if we end up with a thriving writer's community.  I
will continue to organize.

A few people departed the group, and the informal style of the meetups
is probably why.  Joleen and I are coordinating so that her more
workshop-driven ones can be staggered with this one.  It's unfortunate
not to be able to be all things to all people, of course...  But
enough people commented in actual positive support of the informality
that I think there's still a place for it.  In moving back to Austin,
community is one thing that I miss and has been hard to rebuild, so I
value discussion and conviviality in and of itself.  My writing was
re-inspired from the meetup, and I hope others were inspired also.

The message board is slowly taking on more people.  I get no weird
kickbacks from the message board and it's not a selfish thing; it's
just something I was able to set up thanks to network resources I have
access to; it's a gift.  Using it for writerly talk will also help
keep this email list focused on the practicals of the meetups.

Thanks for the positive reinforcement, those who had some; like I say,
it's easy to want to be all things to all people, and so lose sight of
that which makes what we actually do offer unique.

- Heath, Austin Writers Meetup Organizer
- http://www.austin...­

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