Writing can be a very solitary profession so local writers have banded together to network and support each other.
The Golden Ears Writers group has been meeting for about two and a half years, first starting as writing critique nights, and then morphing into workshops and reading nights.
Next week, the group launches its 2013/14 season, and they have lined up speakers for three sessions this fall ending with a December evening of readings with a winter holiday theme.
Katherine Wagner, a former TIMES columnist, has been running the group with Ronda Payne (a freelance writer for The TIMES, as well), and Andrea Walker.
They meet at The ACT on the third Tuesday of the month as part of the arts society’s lobby nights.
The publishing industry is changing so fast that the group often focuses on up-and-coming trends.
New genres like flash fiction and technology like desktop publishing have changed how writers work and get their pieces published.
“You blink and it changes,” Wagner said. “It’s in such a state of flux.”
The group attracts novice to experienced writers, and those who want to be published and those who just write for personal enjoyment.
At their lobby nights, the speakers often have interactive activities, and then there are breaks for networking.
For Wagner, the group gets her out of her “writing cave” and connected with other local writers – her current goal is 2,000 words per day.
There are a lot of writers out there and it takes a lot of work to get anything published, she said.
“It’s a tough business – I do it because I love it,” she said.
For more information, go to www.facebook.com/goldenearswriters.
Golden Ears Writers meet
The ACT, 7 to 9 p.m.
• Sept. 17
“Ten ways to breathe life into the germ of an idea” with Lois Peterson.
• Oct. 15“Memoir and lifestory: the fiction/non-fiction decision” with Sylvia Taylor and Alfred DePew
• Nov. 19
“Advancing your writing career through blogging” with Kathleen Rake
• Dec. 17
An evening of readings: Winter holiday theme
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