- Investigate what writing events are going on in your community. You’ll never know what’s out there unless you look around and ask around. Local libraries are great places to start. Some libraries will host “write-ins” for fellow writers involved in the annual event called “National Novel Writing Month” (NaNoWriMo, for short). Write-ins give writers a chance to sit down and work in a quiet environment with other fellow writers who, believe it or not, share in your same writing frustrations. Also check out some coffee shops in the area. Some small restaurants actually host weekly or monthly writing meetings.
- Be open to whatever group you find.
My advice: Try it out. Small writing groups are personally my favorite. You can really develop close writing friends this way. Also, don’t be afraid to join a group that’s out of your comfort zone. Writing is writing. We share common interests and perhaps you can share a novel excerpt and they can give some good feedback.
Hypothetical situation #2: This writing club is massive. From the look of things, the club is dominated by a fair few and everyone else sits back.
My advice: Try it out. See what the group has to offer. Perhaps you’ll gain some ideas about possible writing prompts or maybe you’ll have the courage to share something in front of this large writing club. Getting a lot of a feedback is necessary for a writer.
- Always carry a sample of writing with you. Writing clubs are always more fun when everyone has a chance to contribute, so take along your notebook and be willing to share at least one piece of writing. Be not afraid of criticism! More likely than not, people will enjoy what you’ve written.