Writing in Community is a book of inspiration and encouragement for writers who want to reach deep within themselves and write to their fullest potential. There is magic in a successful writing group. This book helps writers tap into that magic, and with gentle wisdom and humor, experience unprecedented breakthroughs in creativity.
Lucy Adkins grew up in rural Nebraska, attended country schools, the University of Nebraska and received her degree from Auburn University in Alabama. Her poetry has been published in various journals and magazines which include Rhino, Red Wheelbarrow, Northeast, South Dakota Review, Concho River Review, and several anthologies including Times of Sorrow/Times of Grace, Women Write Resistance,Crazy Woman Creek, and the Poets Against the War anthology. Her chapbook, One Life Shining: Addie Finch, Farmwife, was published in 2007 by Pudding House Press, and her non-fiction book, Writing in Community: Say Goodbye to Writer's Block and Transform Your Life, co-written with Becky Breed, was published by WriteLife in 2013. She also co-writes a blog of encouragement and inspiration for writers which can be found at www.writeincommunity.com.
In my early years as a writer, I struggled. I didn't write very often and when I did I was often dissatisfied with the results. It wasn't until I joined a writing group, a generative writing group, that my writing began to take off. I wrote more, I wrote more easily, and was happier with the results of my efforts than ever before. There is magic in a writing group, I believe, and I wrote Writing in Community to help others find that magic, and make it part of their lives and their writing lives.
Writing in Community
There are three basic types of writing groups: literary associations which feature readings and talks by guest speakers; critique groups, whose members come together for the purpose of receiving feedback on their work; and lastly and least common, the generative writing group, so called because its main purpose is to generate writing, to get something down on paper. All three types of groups are valuable and you may want to belong to several, but this book will focus on the generative writing group. We have received such sustenance from our generative group, Write On!, and feel so passionately about it, that we want to share our experiences and encourage you in finding or creating a group of your own.