My First Writing Group

March 30, 2011

I was so nervous when I asked the Librarian where Room B was. This was my first writing group, and I just knew that everyone there would be accomplished writers… who was I to join a writing group when I hadn’t accomplished anything? I find the room and there were ten people sitting at a round table, I took the closest seat to the door. I got there just in time for chessey introductions and I listened to them one-by-one talk about their published writings and their three-book contracts. When it finally got to me, I was fighting the urge to run out of the room but I finally just said “Hi, I’m Tiffany, and I’m new to writing, actually I haven’t written anything, I just want to write someday.” They all just stared at me and a mixture of “well that’s good” and “ah” came flowing in my ears. How embarrassing. As the night went on a woman read the first few pages of her new horror manuscript and a man read a short story he wrote based around five words that a friend gave him, the room fell silent. The person who I’m guessing is the head of the group said “Okay, well tonight was a good night, hope to see you all next week!” and people started piling out of the room. As I picked up my notebook and started to put on my jacket feeling quite stupid and not knowing if I was cut out for this writing thing, and older women stopped next to me and put her hand on my forearm and said “Everyone is new at some point, don’t let these pin-heads blow the candles out on your writing dreams.” she laughed at her comment and walked out before I could even muster up something to say. I said “thank you” out loud and to apparently no one because there was no one left in the room.

I think I will go back to this group next week.

Have you ever attended a writing group? How did it go?