Thursday, September 22, 2011
WOK Like a Writer
This past Saturday I was off from work and did what I have wanted to do since hearing about Writers of Kern. I attended their every third Thursday meet and greet at the Clarion Hotel in Bakersfield. It was not unlike a mini conference and I was thrilled to see so many writers present who live in and around Kern County. We had a guest speaker give us a few tips on preparing and contributing to the yearly nanowritemo contest coming up. It was delicious and informational and I listened with rapt attention. I also loved the opening dialogue by the president who reminded all of us that writing is a vocation and should be treated as such. And attending meetings like this reestablishes in our minds as well as our family and workers minds "we are serious about writing." I also learned about writing groups who meet and pass out chapters to each other for appraisal and editing. I grinned as the president reminded us to be silent when the chapters are picked apart in front of us. Of course there is a new group forming for those who want to participate on line. Good times and good coffee and donuts. You will more than likely see me there the next time as I too am serious about being a writer and relish the chance to meet other writers of my ilk.