Last night I attended one of my monthly local writers group meeting. This one is called Partners in Crime Boise, and is affiliated with the national chapter of Sisters in Crime. There were only a few of us that attended this month, and there was talk about moving the meeting from it’s current digs in a local indie bookstore to a local chain bookstore. There are several folks in the group that don’t like going downtown for the meetings; parking isn’t free, and there is a lot of traffic. I, for one, am glad to get out of the house for any reason, except when it’s actually snowing or the road conditions are bad.
Writers groups are a great way for unpublished writers to connect with other writers in their community. I’m a member of both the Partners in Crime group and a Speculative Fiction group. Every single time I attend one of these meetings, I come away with information (techniques, tools, tips, etc) that you don’t find in ANY of the books. It also gets you into your local writing network. I believe that it’s true that your network can really expand your options and increase your chances of meeting that person (agent, publisher, reader) that can help you or teach you something. For instance, it wasn’t until I connected with my local writer’s group that I found out about the terrific website, Shaw guides ( http://writing.shawguides.com/ ); which is a terrific place to find schedules for writer conferences and seminars.
I always come away from these meetings energized. I didn’t sleep a wink.