SOLSC 2014: Summer Writing Group

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Time for a Tuesday Slice of Life.  There are more slices at Two Writing Teachers.  Writing this post early as on Tuesday, I will be going to the dentist to start the work on two crowns (oh joy) and I know that I will be done for the day after that appointment.

Do you remember the post about creating a summer writing group? That invitation was HERE.  I signed up and later in June was given the names of three others.  It has taken us a bit to coordinate between summer vacations, one shoulder surgery, and such.  Happy to say that last Thursday we had our first meeting through Goggle chat. 

We decided to meet via Google Chat twice a month. Each time two of us will share our writing, therefore that means about once a month for feedback.  I always get nervous giving feedback.  I don’t want to step on the toes of the writer, especially in that first meeting.  But I felt it went well.  I am thankful that one group member has taken the lead on facilitating the group.

My biggest challenge perhaps in the first meeting was to figure out the ins and outs of Google Chat.  First I was on my phone which wasn’t the best for two reasons: the battery was almost dead and it was hard to hold the phone to show my face.  The phone was dying so I moved to the IPad. Better but still, the holding and when you can’t really hold with one arm due to surgery, it was frustrating.

I finally figured out during the course of the meeting how to get the Google Chat on the computer (which admittedly I should have figured out prior).  So finally I could use the computer and have hands free. 

I am really liking using the whole Google Drive to put documents in that we can review and add comments.  I have been trying to do this with my other writing group.  I like being able to read and comment on the document. Plus it saves on printer ink.

I am hoping to make more use of the Google Chat in other areas of my life this year.  For one thing, I am hoping when it comes down to discussing the CYBILS Poetry nominations, that we will be able to use this medium.  I like being able to interact with people much better than sending emails back and forth.

Twenty plus years ago, I took a Northwest Writing Institute month long workshop at Lewis and Clark College. Email was in the baby stages and I remember suggesting having on-line writing groups.  People just shook their heads.  We have come a long way in how we communicate since then.

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9 Responses to SOLSC 2014: Summer Writing Group

  1. Ramona says:

    I use Google chat for a book club with two friends who have moved away. It’s a challenge each time, but eventually we’ll hope to master it and get all of us on screen at the same time.

  2. Renae says:

    I love how your post comes full circle! I wonder what the other participants from your writing institute would say to your suggestion now 😉 I haven’t yet mastered all the Google tools, either, but I just know they are fantastic! I really need to spend some time playing around with them.

  3. arjeha says:

    It is amazing how far things have come. I have just used Google chats once and it was really a great way to communicate with several people in our Writing project. Google Docs is a great way to share and comment. Good Luck!

  4. Linda Baie says:

    How wonderful that you all finally connected, Jone. I’m glad it worked out. My writing group (here) is starting to use a Google Group, & you’re right, we can comment, the writer has them for reviewing after our meeting, etc. I hope that our school can begin working toward this soon! Thanks for sharing!

  5. We started a group also from that invitation and it has been an amazing summer of writing! I am so glad to hear that others have been inspired to write more and take risks with learning new technologies and sharing publicly! Kudos to you!!

  6. Norah says:

    It is amazing how far the online community has come – and you’ve been there all the way. Well done! 🙂

  7. blkdrama says:

    Bravo! So exciting to be writing and sharing with a new community and I am glad that you found your way to using Google HO on your computer. I use it a lot and only on my computer. LOVE IT!. Keep us posted on your experiences. Were you in a National Writing Project site? Have a great year 🙂

  8. Crystal says:

    It has to be exciting to get a writing group started like that. I work together with a few other people on a blog and while we don’t do talk about writing, we do meet to plan and I love that we can share documents and chat online. The technology available to us is so helpful for connecting and creating together. Congrats and your new beginnings!

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