The Fort Saskatchewan writers’ group is looking for some new members.
 
The group gets together in the local library the third Monday of every month to share stories, feedback and words of wisdom on their works in progress.
 
"We're interested in encouraging people who are new writers or people who are looking for inspiration, or people who are writing something serious like a novel or a screen play, those kinds of things,” said Fort Saskatchewan author and group member Kathie Sutherland.
 
Many new writers, worried what other people will think of their work, are terrified to share their writing for the first time, Sutherland said.
 
“Their voice shakes and the paper shakes and they really are afraid of standing up in front of people.”
 
Everyone’s been there, Sutherland added, saying that as a part of the group she likes hearing thoughts on her writing from people who are on her side.
 
“I've been told that my writing is very descriptive but I can go on for a long time with the description,” she said. “So when I hear that kind of feedback from people, I know that I have to pay attention to keeping movement going in what I write.”
 
Any kind of writing is welcome in the group, from poetry and travel writing to all lengths and types of fiction. Sutherland, whose four published works include a book of poems and a memoir, has a book of grown-up fairy tales due out before Christmas.
 
The group meets Monday night (Sept.17) at the library—find them at 7 p.m. next to the fireplace—to plan what they would like see happen at future meetings.
 
“Writing groups vary depending on what the members want,” Sutherland explained. “Sometimes it's a chance to read. Sometimes it's for actual editorial. Sometimes it's for just general feedback. Sometimes it's just for the inspiration or to talk about your problems with writing, or just to be social with other writers and people who understand what you're going through.”

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