LOCATION: We’ll meet in the Magazine Corner of the Waconia Library (217 S. Vine Street, Waconia). Hang a left between the Activity Room and the information desk, hang another left, past the bookshelves, and there we’ll be!
Now that Waconia Writers Group is a legit organization (and a revenue-earning organization at that!), we are trying something a little extra, for the sake of transparency. We will be hosting stakeholder meetings related to WWG business:
These stakeholder meetings will immediately follow each WWG group meeting on the first Saturday of every month.
These will be OPTIONAL meetings for WWG members. It’s an opportunity for all to have a voice in how profits from the WWG anthology are used, and in planning WWG events.
Feedback from members is valuable and appreciated! Jen will email out the stakeholder agenda prior to the First Saturday meeting. To suggest items for the agenda, contact Jen directly or email WWG.
Our Wednesday night virtual critique sessions had been placed on the back-burner for November’s writing shenanigans. We are looking to schedule more critique sessions moving forward, in December and beyond. These meetings will remain virtual. Please stay tuned, and contact us with any questions!
A meeting recap that comes out almost a month after the meeting is better than no recap at all!
We were a small group at the library on Saturday October 2nd. Everyone was likely out enjoying the fall weather! Welcome to our newest members, Greg and Joanne! Greg is a nonfiction writer working on a few projects for publication, and Joanne is looking to capture some exciting and memorable stories from her life and get them written down. We are excited to have Greg and Joanne join us!
November is fast approaching, and you know what that means…. NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! WWG will host a few virtual write-ins on the calendar for November, and a few of us are planning to attend a kick-off being hosted by Arts Consortium of Carver County.
The date of the ACCC event has changed (from 11/2) to Saturday, November 6th, at 6:30 PMat the Chaska Community Center. CORRECTION: Event begins at 7:00pm.
WWG members are hosting a virtual NaNoWriMo planning session this Wednesday, October 27, 7pm, on Zoom! This is to get us into the mindset for the November writing hustle and bustle, go over some planning tips and tricks, and provide general moral support to each other. Let Jen know if you’re interested in joining in the fun!
The WWG November write-ins are virtual for now, but we may be able to swing a few in-person meet-ups if we can find a location that works for everyone! Right now we have the write-ins scheduled everyWednesday evening in November, starting at 7pm on Zoom.
In these write-in sessions, we do word-sprints (an agreed-upon length of time where we collectively write whatever comes into our brains until the timer beeps), and can use some of the time to help each other work through any writing roadblocks we’re encountering on the road to 50,000 words.
Please check the Events page for more information. Even if you can’t participate in the write-ins, if you’d like to independently participate in NaNoWriMo, there are so many useful resources on their web page. (Y’know what, even if you can’t take on NaNo this year, still check out their site… their writing resources are valuable year-round!)
Ultimately, if you want to challenge yourself in your writing this year, yes 50,000 words in 30 days is a big one, but it’s an achievable challenge! Let’s do it!
As mentioned above, our usual Wednesday night virtual critique sessions are being put on the back-burner for November’s writing shenanigans.
Next Saturday Meeting:
Saturday, November 6th, 10:30am. Waconia Library (Magazine Corner).
Prompt for November 6th: Take a fairy tale character out of their story, and put them in a different setting/situation. (Additional details/context can be found on the Writing Promptspage.)
Waconia Writers Group was recently featured in our hometown newspaper, the Waconia Patriot! Please click on the screenshots below to link to the Patriot’s e-edition and read this lovely write-up in full! If the links below don’t work for you, click here.
Our October meeting will take place this Saturday, October 2nd, at 10:30am.
We will be meeting in the Magazine Corner of the Waconia Library, around the corner to the left from the Activity Room (our old meeting space). Masks are still encouraged, as we will be sharing the indoor space, and there should be room to spread out a bit.
Take a fairy tale character(s) out of their story and put them in a different setting/situation. *Another fairy tale *Real life/contemporary life *A different time period *Focus on their character traits/character history from their regular story: have they changed? Have they learned a lesson? *Any other inspiration your writing experience takes you!
WWG is working closely with our CCL partners to stay current on any sudden scheduling adjustments that might roll out in the future due to COVID. We will keep current WWG members updated on any location changes should they occur. Please subscribe to our blog for updates, or request to join our mailing list using the contact form on our home page.
A small group met at the Waconia Library for the first time since early 2020! We figured quite a few people were enjoying the weather and the long Labor Day weekend, so we’re excited to hopefully see more members at the October meeting!
Jen gave a status update about the anthology and WWG’s status as a nonprofit. Our nonprofit status is still in good standing, and Jen is working with a few members to hammer down some details on the “business” side of WWG! (P.S. we are super official and have a BUSINESS side! 😂). Long story short: we are in good shape and have concrete plans for moving forward! Jen will send out an email to the stakeholders on our core anthology team with additional information and next steps.
We had a discussion about what makes a writer a “writer.” How all of us who have found the WWG had different goals, and have come back each month for different reasons. But ultimately that a person’s identity as a writer doesn’t have to be tied to publication, or accolades. If you write to publish… if you write for a specific audience… if you write for yourself… if you write because it helps pass the time… if you write from the limitless bounds of your imagination… if you write so that your children’s children’s children’s children might know a little about you even though you’ve never met… if you write because sometimes you just need to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper… you ARE a writer.
We also read our prompt pieces about Change, and picked a fun prompt for next time!
There are a few exciting upcoming fall community events in the works! Hosted by the Carver County Library and also by the Arts Consortium of Carver County, these events are posted on our WWG Events page with links to more information.
November is fast approaching, and you know what that means…. NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH! WWG will host a few virtual write-ins on the calendar for November, as well as a kick-off being hosted by ACCC. The write-ins are virtual for now, but we may be able to swing a few in-person meet-ups if we can find a location! Please check the Events page frequently for updates (and there will likely be updates!).
We are continuing our virtual Critique Sessions! The next session is Wednesday September 22nd at 7pm on Google Meet! Please use the contact form to request an invite.
How we plan to use this time:
We’ll kick off with a free-write, 10 or 20 minutes
We are going to use the rest of our meeting to focus on one of our goals mentioned above, critique and feedback!
Participants should bring a piece to this meeting they are currently working on and would like feedback on.
We have created a shared Google Drive folder to store our pieces for review and critique. If you would like to participate, contact Jen for access to this folder. We try to have pieces uploaded at least a few days in advance of the next session, to allow for comments and feedback prior to the meeting.
We will take turns reading our pieces and open the floor for critique.
We will agree on a time limit per member for reading and feedback.
We will also follow our unanimously agreed-upon “Critique Code” to make sure people feel comfortable and are on the same page with the critique process.
All are invited to this Wednesday night meeting; please know that we would like to stick to the two activities above during this time. We will be continuing our regular larger-group meetings the first Saturday of the month!
Next Saturday Meeting:
Saturday, October 2nd, 10:30am. Waconia Library (Magazine Corner).
Prompt for October 2nd: Take a fairy tale character out of their story, and put them in a different setting/situation. (Additional details/context can be found on the Writing Promptspage.)
As the weather cools, and thanks to our wonderful partners in the Carver County Library system, we are able to meet at Waconia Library again, starting SEPTEMBER 4, 2021!*
Our first meeting back at the library will take place THIS SATURDAY (September 4), at 10:30am. We will be meeting in the Magazine Corner of the library, around the corner to the left from the Activity Room (our old meeting space). Masks are still encouraged, as we will be sharing the indoor space, and there should be room to spread out a bit.
Our prompt for this meeting is “Write a piece about change.”
Depending on how the public health situation progresses this fall, we may need to return to virtual meetings as a Plan B (members on the email list will be contacted with the Zoom invite. If you’re new to WWG and would like to join this meeting, please use the contact form on the WWG home page to request an invitation.).
WWG is working closely with our CCL partners to stay current on any sudden scheduling adjustments that might roll out due to COVID. We will keep current WWG members updated on any location changes should they occur. Please subscribe to our blog for updates, or request to join our mailing list using the contact form.
After nine years of invaluable direction and creative inspiration, founders Mary Johnson and Barb Zimmerman have made the decision to step down from their active leadership of the Waconia Writers Group.
Jen Anderson will continue to provide administrative support for the group (email communication, website, and anthology author orders), and will be stepping in to coordinate group meetings in the interim. As fall approaches, she will be seeking to recruit volunteers to assist with some of the organizational work for the group, and will rely heavily on members’ voices to help determine the future direction of WWG.
From the founders’ email:
“For nine years we have been privileged to hear your stories and encourage your work, and for that we thank you. You have so much talent! […] I have many wonderful memories of sitting around tables at various meeting places reading, writing and laughing together. Thank you for your willingness to meet and share with us. Keep writing!”
Thank you for your irreplaceable leadership, Mary and Barb!