Do you know what’s happening today? The members of my writing group, The Plot Sisters, are serving as panelists at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop summer program. At 9:30 a.m., we’ll be seated in front of an audience, possibly strapped to mics, and expected to impart our wisdom to unsuspecting writers. Can you believe that? Yeah, neither can I.
No, in all seriousness, I can. The reason we were invited to speak at the conference is that the AWW folks wanted to feature a successful writing group. And considering we’ve been meeting every two weeks for the last five years (and our individual members have various publishing credits to their names), AWW thought we fell into that category (and we did, too). Actually, when the email arrived, we were flattered and honored and excited to say, “Yes, we’ll be there! All six of us.”
Being asked to serve as panelists has forced all of us in the group to reflect on what makes us so special. Why have we lasted over five years when some groups can’t make it past the second meeting? What drives us—collectively and individually? How can other writing groups emulate us so as to ensure a better chance of success?
We’ll be talking about all of those questions and more. I can’t wait to report how it goes. In the meantime, happy writing or whatever your Friday plans are.