When I was deciding whether or not to go to grad school for writing, I knew I was looking for three things in my writing life: more creativity, a deeper understanding of the craft of writing, and a writing community. In other words, I wanted more connection. I wanted to connect with other writers, with what was happening in the world of writing and publishing, and with my own internal well of words.
I knew that academia wasn't the only place to find those things. I knew I could find each element elsewhere and cobble together what I needed. But truth be told, I didn't want to cobble things together. I knew I could do it, but I felt tired just thinking about this patchwork approach.
What I really wanted was one place where I could find the connection I so longed for. And so I went to grad school. And despite my student loans, I'm really glad that I did.
But. (You knew the "but" was coming, right?) As much as I loved grad school, I still don't believe you have to turn to academia for these things.
And so. (Of course there's an "and so," yes?)
And so: I created The Word Cellar Writers Guild to bring writers together to foster creativity, to hone the craft of writing, and to thrive in a community of other writers.
As I say in the video above, The Writers Guild is an online community for writers devoted to this thing we love.
It's a place to geek out (or freak out) about words, books, and the highs and the lows of being a writer.
Social media is great for staying connected to people. But sometimes it feels like a huge, noisy party where hundreds of conversations are happening at high volume, with everyone is shouting about what matters to them.
That's not necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes you just want to sneak away to a quiet corner with a few people who really get you, have something nice to drink, and talk about this thing that matters so much to each of you: writing.
These kinds of conversations and friendships are some of the best things that came out of my experience in graduate school. I founded The Writers Guild to bring more of us together in a dedicated space for writing.
I created The Writers Guild so we can connect and create. So we can commisserate and celebrate. So we can geek out and freak out about all things writerly.
Membership to The Writers Guild is currently open. You're invite to join us. You can choose a monthly or an annual membership. (There's even a deluxe annual membership option that gives you four writer care packages delivered to your door. They're pretty sweet.)
All of the details are available here. We'd love to have you.