Suggestions for Building Writing Groups
Start with a pilot group of 5 to 7 committed participants.
- Begin with a friend or two and add others gradually OR
- Build on an existing writing group OR
- Hold open conversations on aging and identify people interested in writing together OR
- Use a study group based on New Pathways for Aging.
Agree on how you’re going to work together.
- Perhaps begin with a four to six week commitment.
- Goals for writing.
- Agreements about confidentiality—inside and outside the group.
- Select a volunteer to notify others of meeting times and places.
- Discuss how to give and receive helpful feedback.
Consider using others’ writing to stimulate thinking
- For example, read excerpts from New Pathways for Aging in the book or on the web.
- Consider other models.
Agree on how to share your writing between meetings
- Make and circulate paper copies before meetings.
- Use electronic methods such as email or Google Groups.
Expect predicable stages of group development.
Consider publication after you’ve worked together for a year or so.
- Informally among friends.
- More formally.
Consider spreading your model by inviting others to read and discuss what you’ve done.