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So, what do writers do when they gather


Less than a week to go before I reunite with my spectacular writing sisters–yippee! (if I was more “hip”, I’d have a meme here with the Pointer Sisters and “I’m So Excited”)

I’ve talked about my writing sisters before, but you might wonder: just what do these seven women do when they get together? Come to think of it, when I mentioned to a colleague what I’m doing next weekend, he asked me what we did. What do writers do when they get together? It’s not like heading to the lake for a weekend of fishing and grilling and water-skiing.

Well, right, it isn’t. For someone who doesn’t know writers, they might think of a beatnik coffee house, where they take turns wearing a black beret and reading poetry to the whispering beat of a snare drum.

Give me a minute while I laugh hysterically.

Okay, *wipes tears and catches breath* Now I’ll tell you what a group of writers really does.

Keep in mind our writing group is close-knit; we aren’t the writing group that meets once a month to critique a few pages, and maybe drink tea and keep the bakery in business with consumption of Danishes and biscotti. We’re more like, um, a writer’s version of sorority sisters.

Yes, really.

We usually meet up for lunch on Friday, and spend an hour or more catching up on the past year. Then we take over a bed and breakfast; there are enough of us that we reserve the whole house. Once we’re settled, we gather to review the pages we’ve sent around to the group.

We don’t usually break out the wine and chocolate until later 😀  We head out for a late supper; if our B&B is in town, we enjoy a walk to a local eatery. We usually don’t work much after supper, but we will continue earlier discussions. And wine and chocolate.

Saturday is our working day. After a good breakfast, we gather together and go through the discussion topics we’ve agreed on. Our mentor has been teaching for many years, and is a wonderful facilitator. We break for lunch, then get back to it in the afternoon.

We usually take an hour or so for our own projects around supper time. After that, we’ll finish up earlier topics, and work on odds and ends. And wine and chocolate.

Sunday is our last day, and we’ll work for a few hours before we need to check out of the B&B. After fond farewells, we part for another year, in contact through email, video chats, and FB.

If this sounds a little dull, well, trust me, we’re a spunky group. I mean, what would you think if you heard a group of women talking about the best ways to kill someone and dispose of the body? Or whether college friends would trust each other with a secret that could send one or more of them to jail. Add a little chocolate and wine, toss in a healthy dose of creative energy along with our muses (and yes, my Muse does his share of instigating antics), and you’ve got a helluva fun (and productive) weekend.

So, whenever someone suggests writers are boring, I scoff. They’ve never met my Writing Sisters 😀 I’ve got some pages to read yet, then critiques to do before next weekend, so I’ll sign off.

Enjoy your weekend, and write!


Author: Julie Holmes, author

Pen names: J. M. Holmes, J. M. Goebel A fiction writer since elementary school (many years ago), and NaNoWriMo annual participant for a decade, I've been published in small press magazines such as "Fighting Chance" and "The Galactic Citizen". I write adult mystery with a touch of romance, mystery with extrasensory elements, contemporary fantasy, and epic fantasy, and I'm represented by the fabulous Cynthia Zigmund of Second City Publishing Services. In real life, I am a technical writer with a family of two teens, a wonderful hubby, one cat (what writer doesn't have cats??), two dogs, two chickens, and more chipmunks, squirrels, and rabbits than any garden should have to deal with. My garden, our hobby farm, and Nature's annual seasons are some of my muses.

15 thoughts on “So, what do writers do when they gather

  1. There is nothing NOTHING more invigorating than getting together with a bunch of writers over wine, chocolate, and the written word! Have a grand time, and I can’t wait to hear all about it. 😀

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  2. It sounds like a fabulous time. I only wish I had a group of writing sisters to enjoy such a wonderful and creative retreat. Enjoy yourself. Your writing/blogging friends are cheering you on!

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  3. You had me at B & B, a walk to a restaurant in town, and wine and chocolate. And wine and chocolate. And also the wine and chocolate part. 😉

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  4. This does not sound dull at all, Julie. It sounds wonderful and I’m quite green with envy. What a fun weekend.

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    • Thanks, Jacqui! It is a fun weekend, and one I look forward to every year, not just to see my “sisters” but to have a weekend I can spend talking and thinking about writing, and only writing. No weeds, no lawn, no floors to scrub or carpets to clean (nope, those all wait until I get back home 😀 ) Have a great week!


  5. Julie, I envy you your writing sisters. Fun and writing accomplishments plus good wine and chocolate-what’s not to love!!! I hope the group has a productive and enjoyable time.

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  6. This sounds just wonderful, Julie and I see you’re all sensibly leaving the wine and chocolate for later! 😀❤️ I bet there are tears when you all leave for another year…

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    • LOL! It’s a bittersweet farewell, but we know we’ll see each other next year, and we keep in touch via FB and email. A few of the gals are also fairly close geographically, so it sounds like they get together every other month or so to do the writer group critique thing. It was a wonderful, productive (in brainstorming and revising, not creating, per se) weekend. Can’t wait until next year!

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