This group, encompassing both published and aspiring authors and writers, meets weekly to discuss works in progress, offer advice and assistance and generally allow writers the opportunity to socialise with like-minded people.
This is terribly important. Writing is a lonely business. I could go days without speaking to a soul apart from my husband if I did not make an effort to get out. Sitting at my desk trying to put fingers to keyboard creatively is not as easy as you might think and there is no one to bounce ideas off of or to gossip with over a cup of coffee. Walks down to the paper shop become important and trivial conversations at the till take on a new meaning when you are in such a situation.
I attended a meeting of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists (SWWJ) Council on Monday and there heard about a new Writers Circle being formed by Silja Swaby, a Council member, in Surrey. It had its first meeting yesterday and I look forward to hearing all about it. This was formed as a result of there not being a group in the area and Silja seeing a gap. I too have spotted a gap here in Southampton and am looking into the possibility of starting a group nearby. I will see how Silja gets on and report back!
For now though, I am looking forward to meeting Nik Morton and his fellow writers on 4th February. As Editor of The Woman Writer, I will bring a little of my life and work to the group and mention the SWWJ, a wonderful organisation for professional and aspiring writers. I'll let you know how I get on.