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Bookfest Panel

So, my writing group, BACCA Literary, got together this past weekend to do our panel at Virginia Festival of the Book about Creating a Great Writing Group.

Claire Cameron, Carolyn O'Neal, A M Carley, Bethany Joy Carlson

Claire Cameron, Carolyn O’Neal, A M Carley, Bethany Joy Carlson at Creating a Great Writing Group 23 March 2013

We had a good time, told stories, and got several knowing laughs. Also, I felt that people attending got information, along with encouragement.

During the session and in the chats with audience members afterwards, I sensed some people connecting with things we said – about establishing and protecting trust in the group, about establishing habits of regular meetings and regular work deadlines, about honoring the distinctions between friends and writers.

I am a big believer in the power of a good writing group to educate the writer – it has made me a better writer, as well as a better editor and communicator about writing.

I was reminded again how many interesting stories there are in this world. We carry them around and sometimes we choose to tell them to more people. Fiction or nonfiction, it’s all storytelling to one degree or another. Writing groups can form the bridge outward from the isolation of writing into connection, first with the handful of writers in your group, and gradually out toward strangers, including potential agents, editors and publishers, and the general reading public.

Thanks, BACCA, and thanks Virginia Festival of the Book, and thanks WriterHouse (co-sponsor of our session). None of this would have happened without you.

Now back to writing!

Virginia Festival of the Book

Panel Discussion about Creating a Great Writing Group

Happy Spring! No matter how springlike it looks like, out the window where you are. Here in Charlottesville Virginia, daffodils are up, and some are in bloom. You can see them because the snow from the day before melted yesterday….

If you, or someone you know, might
a) be in Charlottesville this Saturday 23 March at 10am and
b) want to learn about writing groups and what they can do for your craft as a writer,
I’m gonna remind you:

vertical-bacca-vabook-wh-600hClaire Cameron, PhD, Bethany Joy Carlson, Carolyn O’Neal and me (AM Carley), the four writers in BACCA Literary, my writing group, are excited to be holding a panel discussion this Saturday morning. It is free of charge, like almost all the events at this wonderful four-day festival.

Our session, Creating a Great Writing Group, is part of Publication Day at the annual Virginia Festival of the Book in downtown Charlottesville. We’re in the Preston Room at the Omni. It’s a lovely windowed room, located inside the Pointe restaurant. (When it’s not hosting VaBook events, it’s the hotel’s private dining room.)

We start promptly at 10am this Saturday, 23 March 2013.

We’re going to get you thinking about your past experiences when you gave and got feedback on your writing. The four of us will chat about what we have learned to do in our monthly meetings, to keep the constructive feedback flowing. Because each of us has benefited hugely from our years together, we want to share our enthusiasm and provide practical advice to people who want their own Great Writing Group. As far as we can tell, this is the first time in its nineteen years that the Festival of the Book has hosted an event about the actual writing process – before the book is done! So we’re additionally psyched that they picked us to talk about this stuff.

If you can’t attend, but are curious about what a writing group can do for you, take a look at our website: www.baccaliterary.com  (Heck, take a look, anyway!) You can read about each of us, and what we write about. And we put up a number of resources there to help you think about how to pick members for a new writing group, manage the group you may already have, and structure the critiques that you prepare for your fellow writers.

Shoutout to WriterHouse, co-sponsor of our event. We all hold it dear, because the four of us met there, in a fiction class!

Oh, and if you tweet, our hashtag for the event is #BACCALiterary. The hashtag for the entire Festival is #VaBook. Much obliged if you give us a mention!

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you at the Omni Charlottesville on Saturday morning inside the Pointe restaurant. 10am!

All best

Anne