Whenever I meet writers, I allow my curiosity to have free rein and go into ‘interview’ mode. What are you writing? What’s your passion? Where do you write? How do you get feedback about your writing?
Most authors I know here in Tucson are part of some kind of writing group: critique, partnership, writing only, sharing, brainstorming, publishing and marketing, or support.
LOCAL WRITING GROUPS – TUCSON
From Audrey Sher-Walton: Write ON! East-side Writing Group is a place for all adult writers of any genre and all experience levels to come and enjoy the process of writing. During our meetings we delve into writing issues, utilize a writing prompt which most of us choose to share, and set aside time for several writers to read their ongoing work and solicit feedback if desired. Sometimes we have speakers and we also have a “Tip of The Month”.
We meet on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month from 11:30-1:30. 11-11:30 as well as 1:30-2 are set aside for optional social time.
Although not affiliated with this church, we meet at: Immanuel Presbyterian Church 9252 E 22nd St
For more info, a map, and to RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/Write-ON-East-Side-Writing-Group/ Question they can contact me: Audrey Sher-Walton Mrs.AudreysAcademicAchievement@gmail.com
From Penelope Starr: Tucson Writers’ Table
The Tucson Writers’ Table is a relaxed and supportive space for 2-hours of peaceful uninterrupted writing in the presence of other respectful writers. No cell phones, no distractions, just silence, you and your imagination.
We meet every Monday. Come at 6:15 p.m. to chat; quiet work time begins promptly at 6:30 and goes until 8:30. Bring your laptop, notebook, pen and paper, whatever works for you. Wifi is available. You can work on any writing project you like, we will not be sharing our writing with each other.
We’ve been meeting regularly at Rincon Market, 2513 E 6th St; it is our default location unless otherwise announced. Occasionally we’ll try out a new local venue, so connect with us through Facebook or our email list to stay in the loop. This is an open group, anyone can join. Email Tucsonwriterstable@gmail.com to receive updates about our group. Make a commitment to yourself and to your writing process!
From Phyllis Seltzer: I belong to a five-person group. We have been together for several years now. We have limited it to just 5 as that has worked so well for so long. We take a longer break in the summer but usually meet every 2-4 weeks or so to critique and write after prompts for about two and a half hours.
From Traci Moore’s website: Words Over Coffee Friday July 22nd 8am to 10am Caffe Luce 4205 N. Campbell Ave. Tucson.
From Ethel Lee-Miller:
TUESDAYS IN AUGUST-DECEMBER. 11:30 am-1:30 pm The Eastside Writing Room: The Eastside Writing Room provides a calm, quiet, and supportive environment. No cell phones, no interruptions, no noise. Ten minutes of writing talk and then writing on your own project—longhand, computer etc. Wireless networking available. Open to adult writers. No fee. RSVP for exact address. 3 Eastside Tucson locations. Contact Ethel.
THURSDAYS AUG.–DEC. 1:30-2:30 pm Atria Creative Writers Group. Ethel facilitates a monthly workshop for the weekly writing group. Open to ALL residents of Atria Bell Court Gardens. All you need are your memories, ideas, and pen and paper. Mosaic Room. 6653 E. Carondelet Dr., Tucson.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 12:00-1:30 pm Writers Lunch. Catch up time for local writers. Adults writers/all genres welcome. We share current projects, events, questions & successes along with food. Bring flyers, business cards, books to share/sell. No fee for meeting, but we are expected to purchase lunch. Fronimo’s Greek Cafe 3242 E Speedway. Tucson. RSVP required. Contact Ethel.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26 6:00-8:00 pm Writers Read. Local writers share their work. Our theme is “Autumn Antics (with a Halloween twist).” Order from BREWD’s special menu beginning at 6:00. Readings begin at 6:30. BREWD 4960 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson. A family-friendly event. Info. Call 520.623.2336. Contact Ethel to pitch an idea for reading.
Look for Writers Read “Winter Wanderings 2017” TBA. Pitch me an idea if you want to be a reader for either “Autumn Antics” or “Winter Wanderings.” Themes are pretty loose to encourage wide interpretation.
Look for Writers Lunch 2017 winter meetings TBA. Tentative Topic: Marketing Your Book: What Works/What Doesn’t.
Please feel free to comment with your writing group and why it works for you.