What is a Writing Circle?

Have you ever written with other writers? The process of getting words onto paper is often done alone. But it doesn’t have to be. Just like taking a group Mat class or working out with a partner, there is something about the energy of a shared activity, to inspire or motivate, more than doing it on your own. Are you always motivated to do the hard stuff when you are solo? Not always. This is why I love writing circles. Whenever I lead writing circles or participate, I find the energy helps inspire writing more than a solo session. Having people to give instant feedback can help narrow focus or get you on the right track. Simply working on a common goal at the same time with others can help get the inspiration going.

The circle is limited to six participants. I introduce a topic, or you can write from your own. Each person gets to briefly discuss what they might write about. Then we write and share our words, if you are willing. If you want feedback we work from a positive but constructive model. Then if time allows we start the process again.

My writing circle is a supportive place to get some writing accomplished, share your words and get positive feedback. You never have to share if you don’t want to. But sharing your words in a safe place can help you build confidence to share your words with the world, when you are ready. Through leading and participating in writing circles, I worked on my book, gained confidence to share my words at poetry readings, which lead to finding an editor and getting my book out in the world.

I have a writing circle coming up Saturday October 19th from 2-3:30 PM CST. I would love to have you join and feel the magic of writing in a group. If you are interested you can sign up here. Can’t make this one? Sign up here for early access to the next writing circle. Questions? Just email me at hollowayheather@mac.com. What do you want from a writing circle?