I’m enjoying life at the moment. I’m still in limbo of course (and, much to our frustration, it seems our limbo-ness is going to continue for a few more weeks), but I’ve been getting out and about, discovering things and meeting people. I’ve even had a go at what will eventually be my new job.
It’s really rural here, and everyone seems to think that there is not much to do but already, it seems I have a better social life than I did at home! We’re going to a music night tomorrow night – kind of an open-mic style thing. There’s another one next week too. It’s not as hectic, but because there ‘isn’t as much to do’, people tend to make things to do. Okay, there is no big bowling alley or shopping centre – at least not without a good drive, but there seems to be lots of clubs and groups, people who get together and make their own entertainment. And that’s both quaint and charming. There’s a real community buzz, and I love it.
So I’ve been chatting to people about what sorts of things they would like to do around here, what sorts of things we could start once we finally get settled in our new place, with our new job; and there have been a few suggestions. For me, the most obvious one is a book club. I’m already missing my book club from back home, and I can’t wait to get my teeth into a new one.
Then someone suggested a writers’ group and I’ll admit, I’m intrigued. I’ve never been to one before, never even really thought about it. I did some research online and to be honest, I didn’t discover much. There are lots of articles with tips on how to make your group successful, and so on, but not really much on what a writers’ group actually does.
I’m guessing it’s not just a group of folks sat around a table, scribbling away at the notebooks or with fingers flying over a keyboard. I suppose it could work like a critique circle but that might be difficult to manage and it may make the meetings boring for some. Perhaps we could talk about writing related topics – writing, publishing, book news, etc. But how would that come about? Would we set an agenda for each meeting in advance?
So it’s definitely something I’m thinking about. I’d like to start something like that, as long as we could find enough people to come along, but I feel a little out at sea, a little out of my comfort zone. I’m not sure how to take this forward because I wouldn’t know how to pitch the idea to people.
I found some good tips here, but I guess I’d like to hear something from those who actually attend something like this. So are you part of a writers’ group? What sorts of things do you do? And what do you like and dislike about it?