Directory

Directory

 

Keep a small can of WD-40 on your desk—away from any open flames—to remind yourself that if you don’t write daily, you will get rusty.

~ George Singleton

Welcome to our Writing Groups Directory. InScribe members are active in writing groups across the country, with new groups continuing to form. If there is not presently a group in your area, contact your writing group coordinator: Tracy Krauss 

What is a writing group? Each group develops its own personality, and meets the needs of its members according to the goals of the group.

What goes on during a writing group? In a co-writing group, during a three hour session, ten to twelve members can take part in two 20 minute periods of writing, followed by a time of sharing what they’ve written. Critique groups may use a different format, described below.

How big should a writing group be? Groups can be as small as two, and grow from there.

What goes on during a writing group meeting? A group may combine several of these formats. While these are typical, yours might find a whole new direction.

  • FREEFALL:  Also described as “Co-writing” this consists of sharing prompts, then writing together as the prompts give inspiration. This is a great way to generate first drafts on unexpected topics.
  • AFFIRMATION: Members share their material and receive positive feedback as to what resonated with the listeners.
  • ACCOUNTABILITY: Members encourage each other in their writing, pray with each other during dry spells, and hold each other accountable to their personal goals. This type of group works well on-line.
  • CRITIQUE: Members share their work in progress for input and suggestions. Critique groups often share their material by e-mail prior to meetings, then come prepared to discuss what they’ve read.
  • ONLINE: One of the easiest groups to form, this works best with a limited number, if the group is sharing material. An online group often takes the form of accountability, but can include any of the formats.

JOIN A GROUP: Are you interested in being part of a writing group? Click on the name of your province below to find one in your region. To learn more, e-mail the contact person listed for that group.

START A GROUP: InScribe Regional Representatives are waiting to help members start their own groups, or re-launch inactive groups across the country. Contact Tracy Krauss  for further information.

Members currently running a group are encouraged to contact Tracy for an online copy of the Writing Group Packet – full of information and ideas to rejuvenate your group.

If your information changes or the links don’t work, contact Tracy.

(Updated: February 2014)

Writing Group Directory

British Columbia

  • Abbotsford
    • Fraser Valley Christian Writers
    • Contact Abe Funk
    • Our purpose is to encourage, educate, and improve through critiques and sharing.
  • Victoria
    • Women’s Writing Circle
    • Contact Dayna Mazzuca
    • We are an affirmation and co-writing group rather than a critique group; affirm what you like in the other’s writing.

Alberta

  • Calgary South
    • South Calgary Writers
    • Contact Nicola Cameron
    • Critique Group. Submit work one week ahead to the above email address.
  • Calgary West-Cochrane
  • Edmonton West End 
    • Writers’ Cafe
    • Contact Joy Bailey
    • CAFE stands for ‘Community, Accountability, Feedback and Encouragement’
  • Lethbridge
    • Write Clique
    • Contact Bryan Norford
    • A place for writers to share and be encouraged.
  • Red Deer
    • ICWF Red Deer Chapter
    • Contact Marian Warkentin
    • Our purpose is to encourage, motivate, and inspire as well as offer critiques and writing exercises.
  • Wetaskiwin
    • The Writer’s Wellspring
    • Contact Gwen Mathieu
    • A critique group that is challenging and fun with mini free-fall exercises and sharing.

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

  • Swan River
  • Winnipeg

Ontario

  • Bond Head, ON
    • The Writers’ Nest
    • Contact Belinda Burston
    • A writer’s group and a place of nurture and growth in the craft of writing. We offer critique if it is asked for. This group has proven to be a safe environment for fledgling writers, who can learn from those with more experience.
  • Burlington
    • ICWF Burlington Chapter
    • Contact Nikki Rosen
    • Meets once per month to offer support, encouragement and critiques. It’s a fun group! usually meet the third Thursday of the month, 6:30-9:00 pm. Contact Nikki for details.
  • Drayton
    • Writers Unite
    • Contact Glynis M. Belec
    • First Friday of every month at the Studio Factor, 24 Wood Street, Drayton, Ontario

Nova Scotia

Updated August 14, 2014

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