When starting a writing critique group, where to meet is a big and important question. When my wife and I started attending the writers club we now lead, it was meeting in a public library that closed at 8:00pm.
Our meetings were held on a weeknight starting at 6:00pm, which was a huge inconvenience for us because we both got out of work at 5:00pm and didn’t have time to get dinner before the meetings.
Then when the writing club changed leadership, they decided to move the meetings to a location that stayed open longer. They were able to use a meeting room inside our local hospital. This worked out great. The meeting room was large, had lots of comfortable seats, and had a lot of presentation technology already built into the room.
We used the hospital meeting room for a couple of years with great success. However, the hospital eventually decided they wanted to use the room for something else, so we again had to find a new meeting location.
It was about this time that my wife and I became the new leaders of our creative writing critique group. We changed the meetings from a weekday to a Saturday afternoon and returned to meeting inside a public library.
By having the meetings earlier in the day and on a weekend, we were not rushed by any impending closing schedule and had plenty of time for dinner.
But the bottom line is that to find a meeting location for your writing club, you should start with places that will let you use their space for free. And think outside of the box. (Who would have thought a writing club would meet inside a hospital?) Find a location where you can hold your meetings at a time and date that is convenient for you. It may take a little sleuthing, but you’ll find the perfect place.
Photo credit: flickr Creative Commons, Meeting/activities room at Annerley Hall, Brisbane City Council