Writing Alone, Writing Together: A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups

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The lonely life of a writer need not be. According to this book, there are ways to break that isolation and find encouragement and support within groups of like-minded people. Sections include "Writing Practice Groups," "Creating Writing Prompts," "Group Leadership," and even "What to Do with the Bores, Whiners, Control Junkies, and Thugs." Whether the group is oriented toward writing the great American novel or a book of family memories, this useful guide offers an array of effective techniques to help writers ...
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Overview

The lonely life of a writer need not be. According to this book, there are ways to break that isolation and find encouragement and support within groups of like-minded people. Sections include "Writing Practice Groups," "Creating Writing Prompts," "Group Leadership," and even "What to Do with the Bores, Whiners, Control Junkies, and Thugs." Whether the group is oriented toward writing the great American novel or a book of family memories, this useful guide offers an array of effective techniques to help writers achieve their goals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577312079
  • Publisher: New World Library
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 479,563
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
1 Writing Alone 1
A Writer Is Someone Who Writes 1
Claim Yourself As Writer 2
Make Time to Write 4
Write 6
The Candle, the Prayer, the Morning Light: Rites and Rituals, Methods and Disciplines of the Writer 6
The Magic Key: Routines and Eccentricities 9
Disciples of Writing 10
Surrender to the Page 11
Why Practice? 13
Give Us This Day 14
2 Writing Together 19
Kindred Spirits Speaking a Common Language 19
Essentials for a Group Member 22
Taming the Beast--The Fears and Joys of Being a Member (and a Writer) 24
A Place at the Table 27
The Construction of Community: Start Your Own Group 30
Moving On: When You Outgrow Your Group 32
3 Writing Groups 35
Writing Groups 101--The Basics 35
Steering the Course 39
A Dark and Stormy Night or a Tranquil Beach at Dawn: The Emotional Landscape of a Group 40
Strengthening the Ties 43
Tempests in Teapots and Other Containers 47
When Trouble Rides In 48
Calming the Waters 49
What to Do with the Bores, Whiners, and Thugs 50
From Idea to Final Draft: The Life Stages of a Writing Group 52
1 The Idea 52
2 The First Draft 53
3 Rewriting 53
4 Final Draft 53
5 Completion 53
Earthquake or Erosion: The Disintegration of a Group 54
When Members Go Missing 57
Profile: Alliance of Writers 58
4 Read and Critique Groups 61
Road Testing Your Manuscript 61
The Difference between Critique and Criticism Is Like the Difference between a Crystal Ball and a Wrecking Ball 64
Take One from Column A--Styles and Structures of Read and Critique Groups 67
The Mathematics of Read and Critique 69
Again with the Steering 71
Finding a Home 71
Mixed Genre versus Focused Genre 72
At a Read and Critique Session 74
The How and What of Critique 80
Elements of Critique 81
Preparing a Manuscript for Group Read and Critique 86
Profile: One Day at a Time Writers' Group 88
5 Writing Practice Groups 91
The Muse Works a Crowd 91
The Unexpected Rhythm of Different Drummers 92
Every Tuesday at 2:00 94
Just among Friends--And a Few Invited Others 95
At a Writing Practice Session 96
Giving Voice to the Writing 98
An Indissoluble Time 100
Write About a Day Moon: Prompts for the Writing Practice Group 103
Perfume Bottles and Darning Needles 106
Profile: Thursday Writers Group 111
6 Writing Workshop Groups 115
Defining the Term 115
Show, Don't Tell 116
Building a Workshop Group 119
What Workshop Works? 121
How Many? 121
How Often? 122
And for How Long? 123
Responding to the Work 124
Types of Workshop Groups 125
Elements of Craft 125
Exploring Your Voice 128
Project Groups 132
Common Grounds 136
Profile: A Woman's Place--Stories, Poems, and Tall Tales of Women on the Road 140
7 Beyond Groups 143
The Writer and the Larger Community 143
Writing Conferences and Retreats 143
Communities, Residencies, and Colonies 145
Professional Associations and Groups 148
Open Readings 148
"Come on Kids, Let's Put On a Show" 150
"Everyone Is Talented, Original, and Has Something Important to Say" 152
Writing Groups in Shelters, Treatment Centers, and Other Closed Communities 153
Putting Moonbeams in a Jar 154
Tales from the Long Highway 155
Gifts to the Community 156
Profile: Recovering Alone, Recovering Together 159
Appendix Online Groups 163
Bibliography 167
About the Author 171
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    Great writer's group guide!

    What a wonderful book to help writers and facilitators of writer's group get organized and come up with great ideas! Thanks to this wonderful book, my writer's group has been challenged and rewarded with new works.

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