The Busan Writing Group is back – with a new challenge!


Hello, all! I’m delighted to report that my local writing group is back at it!

We met tonight, amidst the start of a frantic new semester of classes. We’re all busy teachers, and we made ourselves even busier tonight! We laid out our plan to publish a short anthology of the writing group’s work. We are planning to get this work out on Kindle and other outlets. We set a due date for first drafts, and we hope to have final drafts by late November.

Now here’s why I’m tagging this as my monthly IWSG post – I hope that you and your local writer’s group will consider such a plan of action. Our group decided on a theme, and said that each member would contribute around 10 pages of writing (fiction or poetry). We will edit these into a short anthology, and self-publish as a group. We hope it will establish our ‘legitimacy’ as a writing group to have polished work published and available.

We are all expats in Korea, and so our stories’ themes should reflect this. This will be a new challenge for me, as my writing rarely speaks directly about my life as an expat. I lean heavily toward the fantastic and fanciful – perhaps I will blend in my love of fantasy somehow…

My questions for IWSG members and other visitors:

Have you ever been part of something like this? What was it like?

If your writer’s group hasn’t tried this yet, could you? What problems do you anticipate?

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


5 comments on “The Busan Writing Group is back – with a new challenge!

  1. Sam Bledsoe says:

    A writers group, that’s something I need to join. Maybe over the next couple of months while I get all the other groups I’m in straighten out. Just stopping by for IWSG.

  2. Nancy Gideon says:

    I’ve never tried anything like this but it sounds like a wonderful idea and a great way to get creativity flowing. Hope it works out well for you.

  3. Casey Coy says:

    I have been trying to get a writer’s group formed in Busan for several months now, but the only place where I know to post is on Korea Bridge. Let me just say, I have done these before, and they are not only a LOT of fun, but spark MUCH creativity and get people writing.

    It is more intensive, meeting weekly, but the most successful ones I’ve managed (in Philadelphia and in Seoul) always averaged 4-6 members per meeting with an 8-10 group membership (meaning some weeks, different people attended, but we always had a 4-6 quorum per meeting, which is the ideal number).

    The goal is to all WRITE every week on a loose topic. And I’ve not only organized these before, but also published a ‘zine of fiction in Seattle for a year with a small group that I had there.

    Details below… contact me any writers who are interested in this kind of thing, which could maybe work in conjunction with this group.

    Seeking Writers for Writer’s Group
    *weekly meeting
    *duration of 1-2 hours per meeting
    *seasoned writers and beginners equally welcome
    *focus on generating new material with some critiquing
    *5-7 group members
    *first meeting held after a minimum of 4 writers achieved

    THE SET-UP… each week, all writers will be given a new topic on which to write. The
    topics are very loose, submitted by the members of the group. These
    short pieces (2-5 pages) are then read in the group the following week.

    Email or call Casey… or 010-7285-8245

    • Casey Coy says:

      By the way, if I just get TWO people interested, I have a university co-worker interested in the idea… that would make a quorum of four… let’s have an informal meeting on the 20th or 21st!

      • TCC Edwards says:

        My writing club is planning to meet again on Wednesday January 7 at 7:00, at Momo’s Cafe (Oncheonjeong). Could you come? There should be at least 3 of us there!

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