My experience as a writer, at this time, involves meeting on Zoom in small groups to discuss what we're reading (in one group) and then to write together (in both groups). These meetings last from an hour to sometimes three, depending on how the writing is going. The group I've been with the longest stems from an online class I took during the spring of 2021 with Natalie Goldberg. Several of us found each other via a spreadsheet, and we're all from the same general geographical area, and we've even met up once for a weekend writing retreat. That group is a true gift as it is sustained, nurturing, and close. The other group formed out of my experience with therapeutic writing and it takes on a slightly different tone; one of the writers has lots of experience with prison writers, and another, addiction counseling. But in both cases, we are there for each other, holding space, watching each other reach and grow. But no feedback is given, and now that I've gained some confidence and experience with my contemporaries, I'm ready to stretch.
What I'm looking for now is to go a bit further, into the realm of getting honest feedback on my work. I've been writing for decades, having published poetry and feature stories and opinion pieces, plus I've edited a bunch as well. I've been an English department college instructor off and on for a long time, interspersed with work as a technical editor, proposal writer, and technical assistant as I've sought to make a living writing for others. But I've recently stepped back from that, and am now focused on getting out some stories I've always wanted to tell, and they seem to be coming out as memoir and lyric essays, flash fiction, and layered pieces involving poetry, prose, and photography. I'm aiming at a collection, writing here and there as I have the time and energy, as I am also dealing with recovering from a cancer diagnosis.
If you write in the genre of creative nonfiction, and you like to read memoir and lyric/braided essays, flash fiction, and such, I'd like to share work and see who else out there is writing along the same lines. I feel we learn best from each other.
I have been writing poetry, essays, and fiction since I was a child. I took several college courses in creative writing and poetry for fun, but my formal degree is a BFA in theatrical design and production, in which I worked for ten years. I have returned to writing seriously over the last two years with the intent to make it my career.
I'm looking for a group that focusses on mutual support and critique in a variety of writing from poetry to essays to fiction, short and long.
I'm finishing my first book, a collection of essays, and I'd love to meet and chat with other writers in a similar position! I got my MFA in 2021 (COVID grad school) and have been revising since then. Black, queer, surreal, speculative. Love to read all genres, especially horror-infused!
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I’m a regularly published essayist (mostly) considering creating a collection (some days) who wishes they were part of a smart contemporary constructively honest writing group (but not always.)
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I have been writing for many years. I have an MFA in creative writing and have published a couple of essays in anthologies. My writing is focused on family history as well as personal experiences of living as a Black woman in the US. I am looking for a writing group to help establish accountability for my writing. For several years I was a part of a nonfiction writing group that met monthly which was helpful. Since we disbanded a few years ago I have struggled to keep my momentum consistent, as it is easy to lose focus while working a full-time job. I hope that I can also be a source of encouragement for other writers.
I started writing in college when I decided to take on Creative Writing as a second major. I fell in love with creative nonfiction and primarily write personal essays, lyric essays, and humor pieces. I would describe my writing as feminine, bold, and maybe even mystical sometimes. I'm interested in writing more essays and also building some content for a memoir. My work has been published in a few small-scale magazines. My essay, "Star Child" earned an award through my college writing program for best nonfiction essay. Additionally, I work for a Ghost Writing Agency where I write both fiction and nonfiction books for clients. I also write music reviews for Music Connection Magazine. I would love to meet with a group who can help motivate me to finish many of my pieces. I can meet anywhere in the Los Angeles area or on Zoom. :)