Ode to My Writing Group

My writing group met virtually this morning. We meet via Zoom and have the blessing of meeting with women we might not otherwise connect with. Two of the women were also in the group I started when we lived in Washington state. Without the magic of technology, we might have lost the connection we forged over the years when we sat around a table and bore witness to one another’s stories.

Now we come together on a screen from the comfort of our homes, a group of eight today. Women of varying ages, in unique life stages, living in different places, brought together by a love of writing and belief in the power of story. Sometimes we laugh. Other times, someone’s words cause a lump to form in our throat. We bear witness to one another’s stories and find inspiration—both in writing and life.

Every woman in our group brings something of value to the virtual table. Our personalities are not the same, and our lives look different on the outside, but the power of story brings us together and teaches us we are more alike than we might otherwise realize. I’m thankful for the group and every woman in it.

Do you write? Are you part of a group? Tell us about it!



I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. I meant to say in my last comment how much I love your new header.
    It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a writing group, and how I miss it! I’m retiring in January, and that is one of my goals, to find one.

  2. I have a live-in-person / real-life writing group…I don’t attend as much as I would like due to the drive to get there (They switched sites, and I HATE the parking situation now…plus grandbabies on the weekends…(not a bad thing!) but last year we had Zoom meetings, and I attended when I had free weekends. I am also in the FB group, Female Adoptee Writers. Let me know if you want in, and I can make that happen. Lynn Grubb heads it up. I am also in a “secret” on line group for writing (not a part of FB). The “secret” and real-life groups are males and females, 18 and up. I love all the various perspectives and it forces me to read/listen to work outside of my usual genre, which is a learning experience.

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