What: Feeding the Seed: Growing the Brand New Writer
When: Every Wednesday evening, starting Jan. 28
Where: Spring Creek Elementary School
Are you an aspiring wordsmith who wants to tell a story, but
you just don’t know where to start? Well, the local writers club, better known
around town as the Vicious Circle, has just the ticket. They’ve developed a
special new workshop, designed with the novice writer in mind.
Stella Harvey helped found the Vicious Circle back in 2001,
with a vision to provide the writers in the Sea to Sky area with a forum to
develop their craft through networking and critique opportunities. They also
aim to offer professional development opportunities, and grow the literary arts
within the region.
“When we first started, it was a way to look at each others’
work and critique each others’ work,” Harvey explained.
Twenty-six people showed up to the first Vicious Circle meeting.
“It was incredible!” she said with a laugh.
Now, almost eight years later, the group has grown to include
about 150 writers of all ages, levels and abilities, some of whom have actually
left the area, but have continued to stay connected with the group. Group
members share information about paid writing opportunities, competitions and
other opportunities at their meetings.
“It keeps everyone connected, but after the first few years, we
noticed there were people who weren’t doing a lot of writing or couldn’t submit
work, and when you get to the point of critiquing work, it becomes a much more
intimate kind of work,” Harvey explained.
Critiquing is, of course, a very personal exercise, and it’s
better to have a consistent group of people giving feedback.
“We’ve started to sort of see that people have different
purposes in mind. So the larger group meets on a quarterly basis, and really
what we do is do some networking and some writing exercises,” she said. “Beyond
the larger group, there are two critique groups that have formed, and those
people meet once a month, and basically two or three people submit their work
for review, and the rest of the group will read it and comment on it and then
come together and comment on it.”
Now, they’re offering a new workshop, geared towards people who
are new to the craft.