Pemberton Writers Group makes a comeback

The recently re-energized group is looking for more members

Are you a Pemberton-based writer who’s looking to hone your skills? Or are you simply looking for a little motivation to get back to your keyboard?

Either way, the Pemberton Writers Group wants to hear from you. 

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Originally established in 2014, the group is looking to grow its membership after re-starting up last month. The group went on a hiatus when organizer Anne Crowley left to work in Newfoundland for a year in 2015.

“When the group first began, we had a good core group of writers,” said Crowley, who also serves as the acting president of the Pemberton Arts Council. “We were organizing some workshops and learning how to critique each other, and just generally feeling quite safe in exposing ourselves as writers… Everyone’s quite excited about (the group’s rejuvenation), but in the meantime we’ve lost some members. People have moved out of the area and that sort of thing.”

Currently the group has six members, though Crowley said they’re hoping to increase that number to eight or nine. “I reckon that’s a good group… We definitely need a bigger group to bring more to the table,” she said.

With only one session of the revamped group already in the books, Crowley added that she’d like to see new members come aboard as soon as possible.

“We’d like to get the group going and sort of stable,” she said. “Obviously we’d be open to somebody joining part way through, but if we could build our numbers right now as the group gets to meld together and really form a cohesive group, that would be the ideal.”

Currently, members’ genres range from children’s literature to historical fiction, though Crowley said most writers fall in the fiction camp. “There’s lots of variation. That’s what we’re kind of looking for… everybody brings something different; different perspectives, different skills.”

Crowley originally decided to kickstart the group in an effort to create a little more discipline when it came to her writing. “I knew I wanted to get writing, but like so many people you put it off,” she said. “I reckoned that having a group would compel me to produce, and it has. That’s the experience of all the members of our group who are getting back together again now. Without the group, they have not really done much writing…. But (I) also wanted some feedback. How do you know if your writing is entertaining or if someone’s going to want to read it?”

In addition to new members, the group is also hoping to find a new space to host their monthly meetings. Currently, they meet at the Pemberton library, every second Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m.

Each meeting, the group partakes in a writing exercise put forward by one of the members, followed by presentations from two different authors of their work. “We all take turns (coming up) with exercises that we think the group could benefit from or have fun with,” Crowley said. “We spend the first half an hour loosening up our writing muscles with an exercise of some sort — spontaneous writing, or some poetry — or whatever strikes somebody’s fancy. It’s quite creative, because you never know what somebody’s going to do ahead of schedule.”

For more information about the Pemberton Writers Group call 604-905-9019.

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