Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Joys of Community

Post by Kerrie Flanagan
Cricket McRae
This past Saturday we had a Holiday Mart at the Northern Colorado Writers Studio. We were selling books, handcrafted items, jewelry, candy and other items. In the early afternoon we had three authors come in to read from their books and talk a little bit about their writing: Patricia Stoltey, Cricket McRae and Ellen Javernick

There wasn't a huge crowd for each reading, but the ones there were interested and very supportive. Mostly because they were writers too. They understood the challenges, struggles and joy that come from writing. They understood how lonely this life can be sometimes and how nice it is to get out and connect with others.

Ellen Javernick
It made me realize how important a supportive writing community is to the well-being and success of a writer and how very grateful I am for my weekly critique group and for the members of Northern Colorado Writers. Without the encouragement, knowledge and support from both of these groups, I am not sure how long I would have lasted.

Patricia Stoltey
Regardless of whether or not there is an organized writers group in your area, there is one thing we can all do to be supportive of our fellow writers. We can attend book readings and signings. By sharing in the success of that author we are providing encouragement and we are showing the bookstore or library that books and authors are valued.

What was the last book reading/signing you went to?



Patricia Stoltey said...

Nice post, Kerrie. I do try to support visiting authors whenever I can. I think the last one I attended was at Old Firehouse for C.J. Box.

Kay Theodoratus said...

Amen, sistah. The market was a nice event, but the general support of the group is much more.

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