I self-published a book of poetry titled Truth Is a Woman in 2017 and have enjoyed performing at open mics and poetry slams. Last year I hosted an online event on Zoom with 4 other female identifying readers titled, Un-silenced. I would love to host more events or get involved with writing groups through p&w.
I'm looking for a small group, fewer than ten, to work with as I begin new writing after a number of years of working on a memoir. I've managed and written for journals focused on politics /social justice/ ethics, co-edited a history of the grass-roots movement in the US that was in solidarity with the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid movements in Africa, and most recently published a memoir about the life-long impact of childhood sexual abuse and how it influenced the work I've done as a writer/activist.
I have just begun working on what I expect to be essays related to extinction/climate crisis and queer theory and theology. I also find that I am writing poetry, prompted by the birth of a grandchild in Belgium, poems that I hope to publish as at least a chap book.
I need a group that is able to critique various forms of work. I need people who are serious, committed writers producing excellent work on a regular basis. I say this because of previous experience in groups. I have benefited enormously from the critiques I've received in writers groups. I have also had difficult experiences in groups and know how valuable a good group is. I organized an in- person group where I live. We had difficulty finding enough writers and disbanded after a year. This experience is what brings me to try a P&W group.
Finally, for the tenor of the group I seek, I take a line from Poet Laureate Joy Harjo's EAGLE POEM: "that we just take the utmost care / and kindness in all things."
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I've been a poet forever, with a chapbook published by Dancing Girl Press and 2 full length manuscripts making the rounds. I have been branching out lately into visual poetry (haven't shown anyone yet!) and into fiction -- thus far I've stuck with short speculative/horror fiction. I'd love to write personal and/or lyric essays but I just never seem to finish them for some reason!
I'm not sure what I'm looking for in a writing group! I'd like to see what this platform has to offer and then I'll edit :)
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I'm a professional editor with experience in several fields (trade publishing; international affairs; IT). My first novel is out on sub through my agent (as of April 2021) so I'm focused now on research for and drafts of a second novel.
Conference/workshop experience: NY State Writers Institute; Grub Street; FAWC; and Words & Music (in NOLA). Two grad degrees in international studies (but no MFA).
My fiction is based largely on my 1st career, as a Soviet specialist for the US government, but TBH I'm not a fan of most contemporary thrillers. (Exceptions: Joseph Kanon's Defectors and Robert Harris's The Ghost. Other favorites: Rumaan Alam's Leave the World Behind and Rosalie Knecht's Who Is Vera Kelley? )
I'm open to critique groups--happy to read other people's work--but have nothing yet to share myself, so would want any group to include goal-setting and accountability check-ins.
Flexible on how often to meet but bi-monthly or monthly would work best for me.
I am an engineer who is finally getting into writing. I am almost done with the first draft of my first novel, a steampunk mystery set in an alternative Victorian era in what (was) Virginia. I have many other ideas for sequels, other books, and a collection of short stories.
I think that next (while I let my novel sit before editing) I will write one of the short stories and try to submit it to a contest.
I love the research portion, and history especially. Right now while writing I'm also trying to soak up as much as I can learn about the craft, while networking and setting up my brand as an author.
It would be lovely to work with a group on this site.