- Joy O'Toole
Writing tends to be a solitary activity. From hours of research to even more hours of honing one’s prose or choosing just the right word for a new poem, writers spend a lot of their time working alone. That’s what makes a writers' group so helpful and refreshing. You can get together with other writers who understand what you’ve been doing, learn something new to improve your work, make connections for future marketing or partnerships, and get some feedback on your current project.
When I first started attending and facilitating the Inklings Writers' Group, I had not written much of my own for years, as I was too busy teaching and writing for my students. Over the following months, I was encouraged to pick up my own writing projects again, given great feedback on work I brought to share, and gently prodded to be more regular in my writing habits.
Each month we discuss a topic connected with writing, spend some time reading and critiquing each other’s work, and share resources we’ve found. One list of helpful books collected by an original member of the group is CRRL My Librarian: Resources for Inklings.
One of our members once said, “Every time I go home after one of our meetings, I am inspired to write and write and write.” If you love to write, whether or not you’ve published your work, please join us as we encourage one another in our writing pursuits.
Local writers' groups include three Inklings groups which meet on the first Mondays at Howell Branch, the third Saturdays at Porter Branch, and the second Thursdays at Fredericksburg Branch. There is also Riverside Writers, a chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, which meets at Salem Church Branch on the second Saturdays.