Whatever you choose to hook up with, a Support or Critique Group, your participation in a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly meeting of the minds can be extremely beneficial.  We belong to the Essex Artists and Writers Guild (EWAG) which is strictly a Support Group that works for us. There are plenty of critique groups who will offer advice and criticism should you need it.   We find that a support group encourages the flow of creativiity and your writing improves.

Belonging to any group, opens you up to other styles of writing, story presentations and that wonderfully exciting, jazzy blinding power of Inspiration.

Joining a group, brings you into contact with other writers who have information to share, just like you. People who might know more about something than you do and are willing to help you out (like show you how to start your blog)or share books about 19th Century goo-gaws that will help enormously with your current steam punk story.

Writers everywhere are out there hunting down markets to sell to, and if you join up with a good group – they’ll share their information, and you can share right back. The feeling you get from sharing information with other like minded people is a rush — and everybody wins.

A group of writers can organize Writers Weekend Retreats, Sunday Soiree’s –things that bring you together and encourage you to do what you love to do –write. This past weekend, EWAG rented a house on the beach up in Maine from Fri-Sunday. Cost for the house was $100/pp for the entire weekend – and we wrote our brains out amd probably put on twenty pounds as everyone chipped in with their favorite dishes and of course junk food.  . In preparation for NanoWrimo, some of us actually achieved 10K that weekend. The camaraderie and knowledge that you were there for one thing – writing. with no distractions, except for short walks on the beach, led to writing mania and enormous accomplishments.

We can’t express enough how much we love the idea and practice of sharing. It makes you stronger, it creates family and bonds that go deeper than you’d ever imagine.

Last year we attended our very first ‘con’ — Anthocon in Portsmouth NH. Because it was within driving distance, we drove to and from the hotel each of the three days. We had a ball and determined to attend more conferences.

This year we’ve reserved a room so we can eliminate the driving and attend more of the social events without worrying about getting home. We’ve also reserved a table with another group we belong to, NEHW (New England Horror Writers) so we can display our books, meet and greet. Roxanne is particularly excited because she has a story in Anthocon’s first print anthology. We always come away with fabulous ideas for new stories and meet interesting people from all over the country. It’s a blast and well worth attending, especially when you share.

We will be taking pictures and posting our experiences on next weeks blog – Hope to see you then!

Dent Sisters at Work

Dent Sisters at Work

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