What is The Silent Writers Collective?
We are a group of writers who meet online or in person for a weekly silent writing retreat. Any writer can join in regardless of genre, experience, education, or skill level. We’re not a critique group; we’re a writing group.
How often do you meet?
The scheduled retreat is held once a week, on Tuesdays at 9-10 pm EST and PST (US), but Silent Writers are welcome to meet and write any time.
What if I can’t make it at that time but I still want to participate?
If you can’t make it for the scheduled retreat, we encourage you to “Get Silent” whenever the mood strikes, either alone, with others, online, or in person. Communal creativity is very motivating and inspiring, so these retreats are most productive when they are done with at least one other writer.
But I don’t know any other writers. How can I connect with someone who will write with me?
Wait a minute … you’re online reading this and you don’t know any other writers? Get out there and meet some! Facebook and Twitter alone can connect you with hundreds of writers. Websites like pw.org or writersdigest.com have wonderful, active forums.
How much does it cost to participate?
Free! Yay! We love free!
What do I need to participate?
Whatever you write with: a pad and pen, computer, iPad, whatever. If you’re working on a project, bring that. If not, we’ll share a writing prompt or exercise at the beginning to help you get started.
Then what happens?
Then we go silent and write for one uninterrupted hour.
What’s the point of meeting online and not talking to each other?
It seems silly doesn’t it? But it works. Most writers experience struggles with procrastination, distraction, lack of motivation. Put those writers together in a group with the objective if committing a specific amount of time to write and you know what happens? They write. Simply put, that’s the main objective of the SWC, getting writers to write.
What if I have other questions?
Email me or leave a comment here and I’ll answer as quickly as I can.