I’ve written here many times about my quest to find a local writers group, and that hunt continues. One group I thought may be a good fit actually decided to shut down before I could even get there. Fellow writers have suggested groups that just aren’t logistically possible for me either because of location or the times they meet.
But I’ve also found friends spread all over the place also are looking for a writers group. So what should we do to try to connect so we can have our own community?
I’ve tried the online writers group thing in the past with varying amounts of success. Wordtrip, which I adore and have made friends through, is close to shutting down. Other communities were just not the right fit for me, including some places that were filled with people who took themselves way too seriously. Is it really necessary to attack someone and be nasty about it?
But most of that was before social media. Could there be a better way to connect with writer friends online in a “group” through social media? Google Hangouts might be one avenue. Writers already using them for group writing sessions together. I haven’t been able to do one yet since many of them are in the middle of my work day.
And perhaps there are other social media tools that could be used to connect my writer friends and me virtually.
As I think on the possibilities, I’m seeking advice and people who have created online writing communities through social media. Have you experimented or are you part of an online writing community? Share your experiences in the comments.