One of the best parts of my job at the public library is working with local writers. When I first started, I knew only a few, but over time, our tiny writers group grew. Several years later, I now know dozens and dozens of talented, enthusiastic, generous local authors. In fact, the annual writers conference has become a highlight in both my work and personal lives. More than 200 people attend to learn more about their craft and have opportunities to network and grow, and it is a privilege to be a part of that each November.
It has been a journey, and I love to share it with others so that they can create a similar group or conference in their own communities. When Chris Jones, a local writer, podcaster, and writing coach, contacted me about being a guest on his podcast, I jumped at the chance.
If you love to write or want to start your own writers group, workshop, or mini-conference, give this podcast episode a listen. Chris’s great interviewing skills helped me to lay out the steps for building a successful conference, which can be used for any size gathering.
Let me know if you want more information or have any tips for building a writing community in the comments below.