Writers group offers support, connection

Writers INK, a nearly decade-old writers resource group, is here for writers looking for support. Times change, publishing becomes more difficult, and finding a kindred spirit in the writing world is near to impossible. In the face of these challenges, INK members focus our time and energy on amassing the knowledge needed to increase and enhance our members’ skills.

This journey begins with blackboard sessions. These new sessions feature various authors' quotes, ideas and statements. Facilitated by long-time chair and founding member, Cheryl Childers, the group studies, discusses, and then incorporates relevant portions into their own writing processes.

These exercises are meant to focus writers on ways to overcome individual struggles by recognizing how other writers have overcome their own. Writing is often a lonely pursuit and inspiration can often be found in the community of other writers and the sharing of struggles and solutions. An important part of this process is sharing successes.

“I wanted to start a group where I could talk to other writers who understood what it meant to write," Cheryl said. "I wanted to be able to share what I’ve learned with others. And learn from them. I guess I just wanted a place to be with writers.”

Over the years the group’s membership has fluctuated, but the foundation was, and is, INK – Inspiration, Networking, Knowledge. The group remains a place for writers to make connections and grow their craft.

There is no fee to join and no submission of any works for critique. This is an Inspiration-based, Networking, Knowledge-seeking group. We meet on the first Saturday of each month, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. An informal networking session is held from noon to 1 p.m., where writers can brown bag a lunch and engage in lively discussion before the meeting.

For more information about Writers INK, or the blackboard sessions, contact Cheryl at tcminnie@aol.com.

Sharon Kretschmar

Writer. Editor. Educator. Poet. 

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017