Thursday, August 27, 2009

The Business of Writing

The first step I took years ago in making my writing become more than just a hobby was to attend a writing workshop in Austin put on by Women's Story Circle. It was led by Susan Witting Albert, author of the China Bayles series and most recently The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series. Even though the workshop was about writing your own life story I learned a lot about writing in general, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. Not to mention I met many wonderful people and made some important contacts.

Through this group I became a member of an online writing group. I've been a part of this group for over ten years now. I can't say that I'm always the most active member, but I've made many friendships across the country in which we share the same passion for writing. We support, critique, and cheer each other on.

Through this group I've had stories published in The Story Circle Journal. It was the first time I saw something I wrote published in a real, honest to goodness publication. I must say it was a very exciting moment for me. They also hold contests, publish anthologies with member's stories , and a conference every two years.

My mother-in-law ended up sitting on their board for a number of years, directing their OWL group (Older Women's Legacy) and has numerous stories published in their anthologies. It has been a fun endeaver for us both to share.

So I must say I was thrilled when they mentioned my blog in their national e-letter. I am thankful for the recognition and exposure. After all one of the most valuable tools for many writers is networking. The more people you know in the business the better. And I feel extremly lucky to be a part of this amazing group of women.

Thank you Story Circle Network!

Is there a group you belong to or credit with getting you out there and into the writing world?


Jessica said...

Ooh, congratulations! That would be exciting. :-)

eharlequin is the first place where I realized there were rules to writing and etiquette to follow. :-)

Jody Hedlund said...

Isn't that great to get noticed? :) It's one more way to broaden your web presence! I belong to ACFW and I love it. Although I'm mostly involved online, I am going to the conference in Sept. and am looking forward to the opportunity to meet with other writers face to face!

Pat's Place said...

Congratulations! And you do a great job of keeping up with your writing--in one form or another--despite having three children in those 10 years. It is hard to think that you were pregnance with Em at that first conference. Are you planning to attend the next one in February?? Should be easier with the home school situation this year!

Nancy said...

How nice for your mother to be so involved in writing. The "Oldeer Womken's Legacy" sounds like an exciting group.

Terri Tiffany said...

Congrats for getting your blog mentioned!!!!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

That's great exposure and what a great group to be part of, too. I'm not sure that I have any particular group that's helped get me noticed, but my critique group and the writer's groups I belong to sure help me with my writing!!