Starting a writing group

At my successful Local Author’s event at a local coffee shop, I collected names and emails of 7 people who were interested in coming to a writing group. In preparation for the first meeting, I emailed everyone and gave them different dates and time slots to see when the best time would be for everyone to meet. After response from a few people, I set the date for about a week and a half from now. We’ll be meeting Saturday, April 12 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at BooKafe in Pooler, Georgia.

At our first meeting, we will be introducing ourselves and talking about our current projects and future writing goals. I plan on bringing a few resources for people to look at (books that help writers to focus) and sharing my current projects as well as my future writing goals.

My current projects and goals include finishing up publishing three books written by three clients, writing two blog posts a week (one here and one for Dainty Jewell’s), writing a 4-part Bible study lesson, and my last goal and most difficult–finishing the novel I started 3 years ago! I’m not going to talk about all of my current projects in the group, only my novel. It’s the one project/goal that I need the most support and encouragement on, and I’m hoping to eventually have some good feedback from the group!

I’m excited about our writing group and looking forward to supporting other local writers and seeing them become local authors!

Oh, I forgot to mention that I plan to have an online component for my writing group. It will be a Facebook group and anyone will be able to join. I’m a part of a few online writing groups right now and they’re a great source of support for me. One of my friends there recently had a Typo Party – each of us read one chapter of his book and pointed out all the typos! It’s a great way to support each other!


Rachael HartmanRachael Hartman is an experienced writer and author. She has worked as a full-time newspaper reporter, and as a freelance contributor to magazines. She writes high school Sunday school material for Word Aflame Press as well as lessons for Project 7 (P7) student-led Bible Clubs, Link247. She enjoys health and exercise, reading, art, and playing with her two dogs Darla and Danny. She owns Our Written Lives of Hope bookstore & publishing services. Check out her web site at and link to her on Facebook.

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