The Finger Lakes Writing Group is a group of individuals with diverse writing interests who meet twice a month at The Creamery in Skaneateles, New York. The group was organized following a call from a writer who put an advertisement in a local paper seeking other aspiring writers for advice, feedback, and support. The first meeting was January 24, 2002.
The group has a core group of 8-12 members, with a few others who attend occasionally. Members are interested in all kinds of writing, including poetry, memoir, the novel, short stories, articles, true experience, history, book reviews, plays, and history writing. Most of the members have some publishing credits to their names, and several have extensive credits.
We meet at The Creamery in Skaneateles, on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. We each pay $2 for the use of the building. Jim Hughes, our treasurer collects the money.
We each bring material we are working on: poetry, short story, play, memoir, children’s story, historical fiction, whatever. We each bring up to 2 pages of double-spaced work and copies to share with the group. Generally, I make 8 copies of my work. We don’t always know how many will show up for each meeting. If there are not enough copies to go around, then people share their copies.
After a writer has read aloud his/her work, people in the group provide feedback verbally, and by writing their suggestions on their copy. Then the papers are passed back to the reader, and the next person shares his/her work.
It is important that each person attending gets an opportunity to read. Therefore, if the group becomes large, we may need to limit membership for a while. If you are interested in joining, please contact us to see if membership is open at this time.
If we are able to accept new members, we welcome you to attend a meeting to see if our group meets your needs. The first time you attend a general meeting we ask you come prepared to listen and watch how we conduct our meetings. You will not have to pay any money for your first visit.
We motivate each other, and we have become good friends. We have learned to listen to feedback, whether or not we use the offered suggestions--is up to us. I asked Dianne Emmick, a member, for her input and she said: "Writers in all phases of their writing lives (beginner to professional) are welcome to attend a meeting. The only requirement is a love of writing and a willingness to participate in group discussions."
Group coordinator and contact person is:
Bobbie Dumas Panek