Attending My First Writer’s Circle

Members of a writing circle celebrate. Photo by on

If writing groups are good enough for famous writers like Socrates, C.S. Lewis, and Ernest Hemingway, it’s good enough for me! My local library is having monthly meetings and I will be attending my very first writer’s meeting tomorrow.

I’m not sure what to expect.

Feast or Famine

I imagine two possible conversational extremes, both negative:


A hyperactive chatterbox will monopolize the time with their “expertise” and their untapped million-dollar ideas they haven’t gotten around to yet.


Crickets. Awkward silence. In a desperate attempt to escape, someone will push their chair back, creating a loud skidding noise on the carpet, and shuffle slowly to the punch bowl (I hope there’s punch). A sporadic cough will break the silence and we’ll all be thinking we should have just used the time to write at home.

Utopia: Accountability and Meaningful Conversation

The optimal outcome will be meeting other passionate folks who share encouraging ideas through a well-balanced discussion.

I would love to hear your stories! Have you participated in a writing group? Did you find it helpful?