I’ve been a member of the East Hants Writers’ Group for more than four years. During that time, we’ve discussed a lot of things. Sometimes meetings were filled with chatter, news and advice. Sometimes they were not. New members have come and gone, but for the most part, we have a dedicated membership who continue to show up when they are not committed to be elsewhere.
At some meetings, the few who have self-published talk only about that, leaving no time for craft of writing-related discussions.
I’ve had the feeling for more than a year now that a few new members have decided to not return because the group is a mixture of a lot of topics, and ones sometimes not interesting to those who only want to write.
This September, the lady who started the group and I discussed its future over tea. We decided to create a second meeting night, one that would focus on self-publishing only. This would leave our original meeting night for writing exercises, critiques, mini workshops and general discussions on the craft of writing.
We’ve decided to do a test run for a few months to see what happens.
Are you interested in learning more about self-publishing, or have you already self-published and want to discuss your experience with others sharing theirs? If you live near Elmsdale, Hants County, Nova Scotia, pop into one of our meetings. They are free!
The self-publishing branch of the East Hants Writers’ Group meets the first Tuesday of the month, so the next meeting is October 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
To learn more about the group, visit their website, East Hants Writers’ Group.
Are you a member of a writers’ group? Have you had a similar experience where part of the group wants to talk about everything, including self-publishing, and the other half wants to talk about writing only? What did the group do to accommodate this?