Anne DeGrace leads a workshop on writing groups at the Nelson Public Library on January 21.

Writing group workshop offered at Nelson Library

On Tuesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. the Nelson Public Library offers a workshop all about writing groups.

Maybe you’re a seasoned writer, tired of the solitary life.

Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to write that book at last.

Maybe you know that misery — and joy — loves company.

Or maybe you simply know that as writers, there’s nothing like the support, encouragement, and feedback of other writers.

On Tuesday, January 21 at 7 p.m. the Nelson Public Library offers a workshop all about writing groups: different models, how to start one, how to tweak the one you’re in, and rules of engagement for critiquing.

Entitled The Company of Writers, this workshop is for anyone looking for community and criticism — of the best sort — in writing.

“Writing groups can involve writing exercises for people who want to hone their skills, or they can be critique-based, for works-in-progress. They can happen in person or online. There are all kinds of ways to find that community of writers,” said workshop leader, author, and Nelson Public Library adult services coordinator Anne DeGrace.

“I hope folks will come away with ideas to start their own writing group, and maybe make some new writerly friends.”

DeGrace, who has given similar workshops in other Kootenay communities, has been in a critiquing group since 2004.

“I owe everything to my writing group,” she said. “I can’t imagine going it alone.”

An RSVP is appreciated from anyone wanting to attend; email adegrace@nelson.ca or call 250-505-5684.

The session is free, but donations are always appreciated to help support library programming.

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