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Top 5 Reasons to Join a Writing Group

Aspiring writers often have a lot of questions and may not know how to get the answers. Is my work any good? How can I promote my work? Are there any local outlets for writers? How do I get published? Joining a writing group can often help with questions like these and many more. Here are a few of the reasons and/or benefits of joining a writing group:

1. Encouragement

While it’s relatively easy to put off writing when you’re on your own, it’s less likely to happen if you’re meeting with a writing group regularly. After all, what will you share if you haven’t been working on something?

2. Guidance

There’s bound to be at least a few experienced writers in your group that can share their wisdom and provide support.

3. Inspiration

Reading and listening to a variety of work can lead to unique story ideas.

4. Feedback

A good writing group provides useful feedback designed to help you improve your craft.

5. Networking

Public performances, collaboration, and publishing opportunities are just a few of the added benefits.

If you would like to join a local writing group, we have a list for you:

Northwest Ohio Writing Groups

Frogtown Storytelling Guild

Description:
Are you a storyteller? Do you want to become a storyteller? Do you want to improve your storytelling skills? Do you just like to listen to storytellers? Then come to our monthly meetings to share a story or simply to listen. Open to budding storytellers, professional storytellers, natural-born storytellers, and shy storytellers (i.e., people who’d rather listen to storytellers than tell a story).To Join: Come to our monthly meetings to share a story or simply to listen. Open to budding storytellers, professional storytellers, natural-born storytellers, and shy storytellers (i.e., people who’d rather listen to storytellers than tell a story).

Meetings:
When:
2nd Saturday of the month, 9-11 a.m.
Where: Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr Street Toledo, Ohio 43615

Contact: 
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Madd Poets Society

Description: 
The Madd Poets Society, Inc. was founded in December of 1999. MADD is an acronym and it best describes what this organization is all about: “Making A Direct Difference.”Contact: Fill out their contact form online.
Address: 3806 Driftwood, Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: (419) 509-6776
Founder: David Bush, Email
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Maumee Valley Romance Writers of America

Description:
Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. is a local writing group of romance authors in the Toledo, Ohio area. They meet once a month to talk, share, and learn from one another about building a career writing romance novels. Their purpose is to advance the professional interests of career-focused romance writers through networking and advocacy, dissemination of information, professional education, publications, and other related activities, and to provide continuing support for writers within the romance publishing industry.

To Join
Any persons, eighteen or older, seriously persuing a writing career in romance or other fiction genres are welcome to join Maumee Valley Romance Authors, Inc. To join, please send an email to submit your membership application, or simply visit their next meeting for more details. Guests may attend two meetings before being required to join the group. Membership fees apply.

Meetings:

Where: Toledo-Lucas County Public Library – various branches
When: The last Saturday of the month, 10 a.m.-noon.
Check their website for meeting details as the times and locations may vary.

Contact: 
Email
New Works Writers Series

About: New Works Writers Series (New Works), is a not for profit 501c3 organization, founded December 1989, by Imelda Hunt, to provide an arena for showcasing local area writers, poets, musicians and actors.

Contact:
Fill out contact form online.
Address: 1548 Glenton Drive, Toledo, OH 43614
Phone: (419) 380-8464
Email
Northwest Ohio Writer’s Forum

Description: Our meetings are always free and open to the public. If you’ve ever thought about making a living as a writer or if you like to write just to see what’s going to happen, please drop in to our meetings. You’ll find a creative, supportive environment.

Meetings:
When:
September 16th, 2017 from 10am to 12 pm
Where: Reynolds Corners Branch Library, 4833 Dorr St, Toledo, OH 43615Contact: 
Fill out their contact form online.
Email
Facebook
Point Place Writer’s Group

Description: Join us for ideas and encouragement. It doesn’t matter if you’re an old hand, or just getting started. If you’d like, bring 10 copies of a short writing sample to share. New attendees are welcome. See you there!Meetings:
When: Second Saturday of the Month, 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Where: Point Place Library, 2727 117th Street, Toledo, Ohio 43611
Toledo Writer’s Workshop

Description:
 We are a group of eclectic writers who get together to share our work, brainstorm ideas, and offer input on each other’s work. Many of us are serious aspiring writers, but some simply write as a hobby. We have no requirements on what we review: fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and memoirs are a few examples.

Meetings:
When:
Tuesdays, 7-10 pm
Where: Bigby Coffee, 4031 N McCord Rd, Sylvania, OHContact:
Chris or Sarah
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Writing Group Resources – Books

Writing Alone, Writing Together: A Guide for Writers and Writing Groups by Judy Reeves
The Writing group book : creating and sustaining a successful writing group / edited by Lisa Rosenthal
Write Every Day: A Year of Daily Writing Prompts by J.M. Snyder
A Writer's Book Of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life by Judy Reeves
Get Lit Rising: Words ignite. Claim your poem. Claim your life. / Diane Luby Lane and the Get Lit Players

Online Resources for Writers and Writing Groups

Want to Join a Writing Group? 8 Places to Look – The Write Life

20 Facebook Groups for Writers You Don’t Want to Miss – The Write Life

List of Writing Groups by State or Region – Writer’s Relief

The 4 Hidden Dangers of Writing Groups – Jane Friedman

Writing Groups 101 – Inked Voices

Originally posted by Toledo Lucas County Public Library blogger April S. at ToledoLibrary.org/blog/top-5-reasons-to-join-a-writing-group.

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Spend 2018 at the Library!

Spend the New Year with us! We have the resources, materials and programs to help you achieve your New Year’s resolutions and so much more. If you’re still searching for some focus in 2018, check out our partner blog A Year Of, featuring a list of memoirs from authors who spent a year doing some creative and inspiring things!

At the Library, you can:

– Learn how to save money
– Improve your health and wellness
– Make new friends
– Find a new job
– Learn to use your new device
– Ace the school year
– Discover a new hobby

The Library events listed below run from January – March 2018.

Save Money
Why pay for monthly video or music streaming services when you can stream them for free using your library card? Access thousands of TV shows, movies, and music through hoopla and Overdrive – You can even download Kindle Books!

Contact our Business, Technology and Sciences Department at 419.259.5209 to learn more about our Living Better Spending Smarter program.

Subscribe to our Read/Watch/Listen list on investing for ongoing book recommendations!

Improve Health & Wellness
Have you resolved to improve your health in 2018? Let’s do it together! We’re offering adult yoga and meditation classes on Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10 and March 10.

Learn about healthy eating at Open Book with Whole30 author Melissa Hartwig on Jan. 9 or join us at one of our Cooking for 1 or 2 programs on Jan. 23, Feb. 2, and March 6, 14 and  26.

Subscribe to our many Read/Watch/Listen lists for ongoing book recommendations on topics including cooking, fitness and self-help!

Make New Friends
Start the New Year by making new friends! We are connecting people who share a love of things like reading, cooking, science fiction, crocheting and knitting and more with groups that meet regularly. See a list of our ongoing groups at ToledoLibrary.org/librarygroups.

We host regular book groups at our Birmingham, Heatherdowns, Holland, Kent, Maumee, Oregon, Point Place, Reynolds Corners, Sanger, Sylvania (currently at King Road), Waterville and West Toledo Locations.

Additionally, we offer adult groups on the following topics and locations: baseball (Sanger), cooking (Waterville), crocheting and knitting (West Toledo), English as a second language (King Road), mysteries (Sanger), science fiction (West Toledo) and writing (Point Place). Contact each location for more details.

Find a New Job
Do you want to start the New Year with a new job? We’re a great place to start on your road to looking for a new career. We can help you with email, online job search and application, how to create and update your resume and more.

At Main Library and Kent Branch, we offer one-on-one meetings to help you get ahead. Our Mobile Technology Center will also provide assistance (by request) at area shopping centers. To make an appointment, call Main Library, Kent Branch or contact Outreach Services at 419.259.5350 for the Mobile Technology Center.

Learn to Use Your New Device
Did you get a new tablet, phone or laptop over the holidays? If you need help learning how to make the most of it, visit our Audio Visual Department at Main Library every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for walk-in device advice!

We also offer a variety of technology training programs on everything from computer basics for beginners to more specific help sessions on programs like Google Docs.

Visit our events calendar for upcoming programs.

Ace the School Year
Does your student need some help making the grade? Join us at our Homework Help Centers, available at 14 of our 20 locations.

View the schedule on our Education page.

Our many educational online databases can also provide help with early literacy, homework, reading, test prep, career, business, science and technology.

Discover a New Hobby
Learn a new hobby or craft in 2018! Learn on your own through book tutorials – check out ongoing recommendations found on our Arts, Crafts and Hobbies Read/Watch/Listen list or join us at one or more of the following craft programs:

Cricut Crafts – Jan. 10 | 6:30 p.m. | Oregon Branch
Yarn-It! – Jan. 19 | 4 p.m. | Oregon Branch
Cake Decorating Workshop – Jan. 29 | 6 p.m. | Waterville Branch
Design Basics (business cards) –  Feb. 3 | 2 p.m. | King Road Branch

We always have new programs popping up, so visit our online events calendar for more future fun!

Originally posted at http://www.toledolibrary.org/blog/start-the-new-year-with-yoga-at-the-library by Toledo Lucas County Public Library blogger Heather H.

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