I’m trying to revive what seems like a dying group of writers. I joined Word Crafters last year when it was being run by a very competent young woman. The few meetings I attended were quite positive with groups ranging in size from 3 to about 12.
Our young leader stepped down mid year as life happened to her and she felt she could no longer meet her commitment to run the group. Having lives is often a problem with this type of volunteer-run group. Members drifted in and out. Another young woman stepped up to lead. She was late to her first meeting and a no show for the next.
This looked like a job I could take on and handle without too much trouble. I don’t have a job outside the home. My children are grown. I volunteered.
Meetings happened on an irregular basis due to issues with the availability of our meeting space. I tried to arrange a meeting at a coffee shop but only one die hard member agreed to come. He travels over an hour each way so he opted out when he learned there would only be two members in attendance.
There is a core of three members who seem committed to making this group continue. We had a meeting last Thursday night. We bemoaned the lack of organization and leadership of the group. I reiterated I was willing to take over and gathered email addresses and phone numbers. We set a date for our next meeting in January since we were able to coordinate with the person who runs our meeting space.
We each read a story as we have in past meetings and provided feedback to each other. This is really what it is all about. Sitting with real people in real life discussing our work in a give and take environment.
I love the real environment of Word Crafters much more than any virtual engagement with writers on the internet. I have been working hard to spread the word about our first meeting of next year. I would be proud to be the force driving the growth of this wonderful group of writers.
Read here about how it started: