Starting a Writer’s Group



Starting a Writer’s Group

     One of my new years goals was to start a writer’s group in town. But, this was a task I didn’t want to do alone. Luckily, Ronda Rae Franklin, a local novelist and memoir writer, was on the same wave length as me and from that union sprouted Fidalgo Island Writer’s Guild (FIWG).

     At first, Rhonda and I met a couple of times to hash out our ideas for the group. After that we had our initial meetings at local coffee houses in town. With four meetings under our belt, we continue to grow with each one. I truly love hearing what other writers have to say. Here’s my Yoda moment “So insightful we are.” On our Facebook page we have 37 members, plus a few more that aren’t on Facebook yet.

     It boggles my mind that I spent two years typing away at my computer feeling like I was the only writer in town and now writers of all genres are coming out of the woodwork. I’m also blown away by how the Guild has filled a much needed niche and the support we have garnered from the community. 

     FIWG wants to support the needs of writers, as well as, within the community, particularly the young (school age) writers. Next week we are having our first session on editing, with other themed writing sessions to follow. God knows we won’t have a lack of ideas for session topics. Within the past month we have applied for grant money and are most likely going to take the next step in becoming a non-profit. 

     For those of you who have started writer’s group and/or applied for non-profit status I’d love to hear your trials and highlights. Any advice you have to offer will be greatly appreciated.


5 Comments Add yours

  1. Leslie Rose says:

    Congrats on your launch. There is such strength in a creative community.

  2. That is great news, Lara. Writer’s groups can be a vital network for the emerging talent or the experienced veteran.

    Meet for a while and then review the “legal” steps to becoming a not-for-profit. It takes time. On the internet, google Foundation Center Library and look for some of their great books on organzing a non-profit group … criteria, mission statements and the whole nine yards.

    Good luck 🙂

  3. Such a lovely idea. Good luck with it all and make sure you keep us all updated 🙂

  4. Sonia Lal says:

    congrats on the launch! hope it goes well.

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