How to Start a Creative Writing Club

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Perhaps people tell you that you have a way with words. Perhaps you find yourself fascinated with the way you can string words to make stories. If you consider writing to be an interesting hobby, you might enjoy surrounding yourself with other people who share your passion. A great solution is to start a creative writing club. Starting a creative writing club is easy, and it is guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

  • Get the word out. Spread the word about your interest in starting a creative writing club before you even begin to organize the club itself. Starting early in sharing your idea with other people will give you plenty of time to find people who will be interested in joining. To attract attention, use word of mouth and consider asking for permission to hang fliers in places like the library, the book store and perhaps a local college or university. Be sure to include your email or phone number on the flier.

  • Set up the basics of your club. Decide how often the meetings will be held, and pick a location to hold them in. Think about whether you want to host over meeting. You could serve hot food, cold food, or no food at all. Making such decisions is crucial to getting your club off the ground. Nothing has to be set in stone, but people who may be interested in your club will want a general idea of what to expect if they decide to join.

  • Create an agenda. Make a list of the various types of writing you would like to explore during the first year of your creative writing club. The list can change, but at least you'll have something to guide you if you get stumped for ideas. This list will come in handy when it is time to plan specific meetings.

  • Write up a plan to determine how your meetings will be conducted. Consider a sequence of events like this: 10 minutes of free-writing in a journal, discussion of anything noteworthy that might have developed in journal writing, a discussion of a specific type of writing that you'll all be trying, 30 minutes of independent writing time, and another 30 minutes for sharing and collaboration.

  • Contact the people who have expressed an interest in joining your creative writing club to set up the first official meeting.

  • Host the first meeting and get started on sharing your writing talent with other people who enjoy words just as much as you!

Tips & Warnings

  • Be generous in sincere praise and diplomatic in insults to fellow writers.
  • Don't be too persistent on getting members. Let people come to you.

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