Monday, September 1, 2014

New writers’ groups starting up

The popularity of the local writers’ group has grown to the point where it’s giving a shot at having two new groups.
They will meet for the first time tomorrow at the Fort Frances Museum—a youth group at 4 p.m., followed by an adult group at 6:30 p.m.

“Our group is really at capacity,” said member Sherry George, noting it averages 10-12 participants at each meeting.
“We have new people show up every now and again, but there’s only so many things you can share in an evening,” she stressed.
George said participants spend time at each meeting sharing what they’ve written. But with so many people involved, there’s not enough time.
“We’ve had some people come and then not come again,” she noted.
“So we thought, ‘Well, we’re going to start a second adult group. . . .’
“We like the dynamics of the smaller group,” she added. “It allows everybody to share what they’re doing.”
George also noted quite a few young people have shown interest in the writers’ group, but then come out only a couple of times.
“And so we thought, ‘Maybe it would encourage more of them if we had a second group?’” she reasoned.
George said the youth group is aimed at 12- to 17-year-old writers.
“There seems to be some young writers out there,” she remarked.
“I want to try it and if it doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work,” George reasoned.
“We’ll see what happens tomorrow night.”
George said writers planning to attend either of tomorrow’s meetings are asked to bring along a piece of writing to share.
What the group normally does is share what they’ve been working on.
The group then will critique it.
“We try to be very positive about our critiquing,” assured George, who also is curator of the Fort Frances Museum.
Sometimes the group agrees to do specific “assignments” to exercise different writing muscles.
For example, the group might agree to try a certain kind of poetry, create a story which must contain a list of 10 words, or write a piece that focuses on dialogue.
George said the date and times for additional writers’ group meetings will be set tomorrow—and they may not necessarily be scheduled for Tuesdays.
The original writers’ group meets each Wednesday, so it will be a different day of the week than that.
Anyone with questions is asked to call George at 274-7891.

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