4 Key Benefits of Joining a Writers Centre

Hemingway’s quote may be true sometimes, but often you’re going to need to reach out to your peers, and a writers centre will prove invaluable.

Here’s why.

1. Access to Resources

Your local writers centre is a hub of information, just waiting for you to delve into and explore. You can find out about upcoming events and festivals, locate a writing group for your specific genre, or seek help and guidance in relation to legal and financial matters.
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If the writers centre doesn’t have the answer, chances are they’ll be able to point you in the direction of someone who does.

2. A Place to Write

We all have busy lives, and often it’s difficult to get away from distractions. A writers centre provides a quiet space to let your creative juices flow unimpeded by disruption, and even an hour spent with your head down can work wonders for your work in progress.

3. Workshops and Masterclasses

It doesn’t matter how much or how little you’ve written to date – there’s always something to learn.

Someone will always put a different ‘spin’ on a problem you might be encountering, or show you how to apply a technique you haven’t tried before, and suddenly that light bulb will switch on over your head and you’ll be tearing through the words again.

4. Camaraderie

Get a bunch of people who belong to a writers centre together and be prepared for the volume in the room to hit the ceiling.

From organised book readings, industry seminars, and festive celebrations, writers centres often find great ways to bring their members together on a regular basis.

You’ll get a lot of the above from an online group as well, so if you’re based in a remote location, take a look around, join a specific Facebook/Google+ group or blog, and introduce yourself.

And if you live in a town where there isn’t a local writers centre, why not approach your local library and start one there? You’ll probably discover you’re not alone.

What do you think? Do you have a writers centre you can access, or are you thinking about starting one? What do you enjoy about the writers centre (or group) you belong to?

Feel free to put a link to your writing group in the comments below.

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