Despite all of you, and the friendships I’ve developed through blogging, I still have occasion to feel lonely in this writing world. I’ve reached a place where I want to work on the quality of my writing, and how I express myself through words, in a meaningful and rich way.
I write a lot professionally, and certainly get more than my share of feedback for that. But the writing I want to work on improving is far different from that. I want to write words that fuel and enrich me, that offers an outlet to explore all of my nooks and crannies.
There are things I’m doing to keep moving along. I’m practicing and writing about different things and in different ways, in this space and in others. Of course, I’m reading books and blogs and articles. Reading is as important as breathing to me. I’m doing online courses to help realize my dreams and develop my ability to think inwardly and harvest those explorations. Next week I’m excited to attend a memoir writing workshop at Kripalu with Dani Shapiro.
All of this helps. But…
I would like to be a part of a community of writers who meet regularly to discuss inspiration, critique each other’s work and provide encouragement.
The problem is, at the moment, my time is pretty tapped out and I have to be discriminating about commitments outside of work and family for now. At the same time, I would imagine that most opportunities to connect with other writer’s would involve trekking into Ottawa. I live in a rural community just 30 minutes out of the city, with an already very long commute each day, I don’t relish the idea of more driving. Despite having lived where I do for my entire life, I’m not familiar with any writing communities close by.
When I took the Mondo Beyondo Dream Lab we discussed the importance of finding one’s tribe, and connecting with like-minded people. I’m convinced it’s a vital component of happiness. I’m also convinced that these tribes are an important part of helping us achieve our goals. We’re human, we need each other.
So I’m a bit stumped and writing out loud, wondering if there is some way to this virtually. And it occurred, why not ask the experts? You! You come here, you read my words, you write words of your own, you are an important part of my community.
What I’m hoping for is a community of writer’s who can share ideas and converse about words. I want to write and share my stories with an openness for feedback that will help my skill set grow and expand my writing perspective. I want to be challenged beyond what I do for myself through my writing on this blog. But most of all I want to learn, and to share, and to come together with a common purpose. I want to be able to do it for others too.
If any of you would be interested in joining me, or have ideas on how it could work, please let me know in the comments. I’ll come up with a format and send it out to participants to see if we can pull something formal together.