Help me find a no-nonsense writing group.
March 2, 2013 4:59 PM Subscribe
I've tried several different writing groups and classes. Each ended up being 10% writing and 90% sitting around in a circle giving "three positives and three negatives!" about other writers' submissions. I don't want to do that.
posted by apparently to media & arts (4 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Many years ago I had a job as a writer for a small publication. We had an editor, six writers, and a production manager. The writers all sat together in a small room, writing short pieces which we handed directly to the editor. We worked incredibly hard to get him to laugh or nod. We didn't collaboratively workshop anything. Pieces were either good or not, and that was that. We worked at an insane pace, generating eight or ten bits a day. For me it was a nearly perfect work environment. I have not written so much or so well since, and I have never again been so happy in my job.
I would love to find or create a similar writing situation. Specifically, I liked:
-putting in consistent banker's hours on writing projects
-being around other people doing the same
-getting terse, instant feedback
-not critiquing others' work
I'm not looking for exhaustive commentary and I sure don't want to give it. I just want to pump stuff out in a genially competitive environment and have a trusted person tell me whether it works or doesn't, maybe throwing in a word or two why.
Where I can find a situation like this?