Why Freewrite Nite?
“If I’m not there by 6:00, someone order me something red,” one Unread Story Club member messaged group members as she was leaving her house a little late for the April Freewrite Nite, perfectly capturing the purpose of Freewrite Nite.
I’m always running behind. I’m always busy. There are always a million reasons to blow off my writing. But Freewrite Nite can be that time I carve out each month to commit to my writing and to my community of writers. And if I’m running behind, someone will make sure my drink is waiting so I can jump into my writing right away.
The core group of Unread Stories Club--sometimes referred to as Writing Rainbow or Words with Friends, Circle of Mothers (don’t ask), or The Lewdwrites Guild (seriously, don’t ask)--had been meeting once or twice a month for more than 4 years when we decided that there was a need for an additional format. For our regular meetings, which you can read more about in “How to Start and Maintain a Writing Group,” the member(s) whose turn it is to submit (and submissions rotate between members so each of us has a turn every couple of months) submit a few days before the meeting so other members can read and prepare to provide feedback during the meeting. This all works wonderfully, that is, until the writers who are supposed to be writing the works to be workshopped haven’t made any goddamn time to work on their writing.
Combine the pesky problem of making time to write and a number of writers who told us they wanted access to a writing community, and Freewrite Nite was born. Now, once a month, our writing group invites writers from all around the Boise area to join us for wine, writing, and maybe even a little whining about writing. To be honest, we weren’t even really sure--and maybe still aren’t--about exactly how to run these meetings. We’ve only hosted two so far. But already, we’ve met writers of fiction, nonfiction, psychological thrillers, romance, and poetry. Some people put in headphones, others asked for feedback. Emery takes pictures. We’ve seen writers connect over similar niches, share new formats they’re experimenting with, form small feedback groups, or just write until they’ve written enough and quietly slipped out of the wine bar. We spread out among couches, tables and the bar. It is truly whatever you need it to be. That is why we say, it’s an “informal gathering for writers to talk about writing, give and receive feedback, or just sit quietly and get shit done.”
So join us for the next Freewrite Nite. Or if you aren’t in Boise, try to get one going in your area! If you already have something like us in your area, reach out and tell us how you do it so we can continue to make this a successful event, because I want to preserve this much needed commitment to my writing time.