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Finding Writing Support – Online and In-Person

June 30, 2011

A few months ago I discovered She Writes, an online community full of women (and some men) writers. In just the few months I’ve been engaged in that platform, I’ve met some terrific bloggers from throughout the world … and in my own backyard!

If you’re not familiar with She Writes, be sure to visit the Web site and look at all the support and writing communities they offer. In fact, several states and cities have their own She Writes groups. That is how a group of nine of us came together this past Wednesday, June 29 to celebrate She Writes 2nd anniversary. It was so neat to meet in person the writers behind the blogs. Here’s a glimpse of some of the San Diego She Writers who came out Wednesday.

She Writers in San Diego

Shary Folkmann and Mary Handfelt

Susan McBeth, Elaine Masters, Lynn Jaussi, Kathi Diamant

Kim LePiane and Kate Defrise

Kathi Diamant, Monica Medina and Susan McBeth

We celebrated together at a local restaurant – Barrio Star – founded by Isabel Cruz, whose book was named a noteworthy cookbook by the New York Times Book Review.

We were so lucky to have local writers Kathi Diamant and Georgeanna Irvine speak to our She Writes group about how they started their own writing support community, which has been going strong for 25+ years. Kathi published her book, Kafka’s Last Love: The Mystery of Dora Diamant, as a direct result of her involvement in a writing group.

Georgeanna Irvine and Kathi Diamant

Local She Writes member Susan McBeth, founder of Adventures By the Book, presents a very special Magical Mystery Literary History Tour in Europe with Kathi Diamant as host in summer 2012! And it just so happens the trip coincides with She Writes’ 3rd anniversary! Contact Susan directly for more details. Wouldn’t it be great to get a She Writes contingency together for this amazing literary experience?

Happy Anniversary, She Writes!

23 Comments leave one →
  1. rukhparmor permalink
    June 30, 2011 11:10 pm

    Seems like you gals had a lot of fun!=)

  2. June 30, 2011 11:16 pm

    I love all your photos! This came out so beautifully! Thanks for capturing the evening–and for adding to the fun spirit and our mutual joy of writing. 🙂

  3. July 1, 2011 3:19 am

    This looks like a great resource. Thanks for sharing.

  4. July 1, 2011 6:36 am

    Thanks for writing about the group — seems like great support and fun. I had seen you “like” this awhile ago on Facebook and checked it out real quick but will now try to really learn more about it. Have a great long weekend!

  5. July 1, 2011 7:40 am

    I’m SO glad you posted this, Leah — when I read about the San Diego get together, I wondered if you were there! Your photos are wonderful, and I’m envious! (p.s. what delicious looking food — your pic of the tacos made me miss my SoCal roots so much!)

  6. July 1, 2011 8:03 am

    Leah, this is great; thanks for writing about our fun night to help us savor the memory of some wonderful new writing friends. And your photos are spectacular!!!

  7. July 1, 2011 9:39 am

    This is great! Thanks Leah! It was a great night, now we have a beautiful pictorial essay to remember it by and to share! As always, I love your pictures!

  8. July 1, 2011 10:35 am

    Great Job Leah! The photos turned out great! Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  9. July 1, 2011 10:36 am

    sorry signed in with tupper! lol It’s me!

  10. July 1, 2011 10:53 am

    I’ve been seriously interested in SHE WRITES, Leah, and have been planning to check it out. Thank you so much for the further confirmation that this might be a good “fit” for me:-). Looks like you had a blast (and I’m kind of jealous about that brownie pie a la mode). Umm.

  11. July 1, 2011 10:53 am

    Great summation–thanks! And a Shewrites continent on the Magical Mystery Literary History tour to Prague, Krakow and Berlin in 2012 would be splendid!

  12. July 1, 2011 1:32 pm

    This is wonderful! It’s something to be featured on shewrites (and maybe it is and I missed it) but this is great. I didn’t see if the SF chapter had a hook up, now I feel a little sniff-sniff coming. Thanks for sharing these photos, looks like a marvelous time.

  13. July 1, 2011 1:53 pm

    First off – how wonderful to have a supportive community of women writers. Secondly – how awesome to meet over a tasty meal! Looks like you had a great time!

  14. July 1, 2011 2:57 pm

    Hello SheWriters,
    Looks like you had a really fun anniversary celebration.
    Love the sparklers, very festive.

    NY SheWriter

  15. July 1, 2011 3:58 pm

    Leah, how wonderful to see such a great turnout thanks to your photos! What a fun activity and more importantly, an opportunity to socialize and meet face to face the ladies that write alongside of one on She Writes. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  16. July 2, 2011 12:47 am

    SheWrites looks great! I really want to get into more online/blogging communities, and maybe this will be my next one. Thanks for all the info. Looks like you guys had a great time! 🙂

  17. July 2, 2011 6:22 am

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing them.

  18. July 2, 2011 8:18 pm

    Wow, I’d never heard of She Writes & just with some quick looking around can’t get over all that there is to it! Thanks so much for passing it along!!

  19. July 3, 2011 9:51 am

    Great piece, Leah! I love your photos. Can’t wait to see where our group is headed.

  20. July 5, 2011 7:23 pm

    How neat! I’ve never been part of a writing group, but I could see the benefits. Sometimes you just want somebody to read what you wrote and tell you where to throw a comma or remove an adjectives. And my non-writing friends tend not to be critical enough.

    I’m glad you had a good time, and I enjoyed the pictures!

  21. July 7, 2011 7:21 pm

    Loved your recap of the meeting and the pictures had my mouth watering once again. It seems like She Writes San Diego is off to a great start!

  22. July 9, 2011 10:40 am

    Thanks, Leah!


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