I am fortunate to live in a mid-size city where a group of writers decided to create a hands-on, active writing community. Those adventurous souls founded the James River Writers several years ago. This group hosts an annual writers’ conference with authors, agents, editors, and publishers. (I have seen some fantastic speakers there). They also host writers’ workshops and a variety of other events. But the real benefit of what they’ve done is that others are also taking the initiative.
Last year, another local author created Celebrate With A Book to bring together local writers and let them showcase their work. The second Celebrate With A Book will take place this weekend and I am looking forward to being a part of it. In the spirit of the event, I wrote a guest blog for the event titled When It Comes to the End of a Book, What Does the Author Owe the Reader?
Also, this month I am speaking at an event as part of a fundraiser. 15 copies of my book and an evening with the author were auctioned off at a school fundraiser. That event has spawned interest from another nonprofit group. I am grateful to be able to help out all while spreading the word about my book.
Our blogs and social networks allow us all to participate in a vibrant and growing writing community. But do you know much about the writing community in your own home town? More importantly, are you a part of it?