By Mike Durall, Kansas Authors Club District 4 President
I’ve never cared for writing groups that consist only of “read arounds,” in which people read their work and ask for comments. Sometimes when these writing groups are sponsored by public libraries, it’s a random assortment of mostly strangers and nobody knows what to say if the readings aren’t all that good.
I’m proposing a new writer’s group, one in which participants will commit to delve into the writing process, how we generate ideas, where our passion comes from, and how we stick with it when the words don’t flow.
I would like to start a group in which we include references, stories, and information about how other writers have addressed the art and craft of writing. We could talk about writers we admire, and why. We could talk about books.
We could talk about our own ideas that are in formation and ask others if our ideas have merit and how they might further be shaped.
And of course, from time to time we would read our own work. I believe these “read arounds” would be vastly more meaningful if people knew one another better, and what motivates them to write what they do.
I suggest we schedule an initial meeting in Salina, at the Ad Astra Coffeehouse and Bookstore, 141 North Santa Fe Avenue. From there, we can determine how frequently we wish to meet, and what we would like to accomplish. Also, there are Zoom possibilities.
Give me a holler if you’re interested.