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Right across the still -cold lake from us (Okay, you might have to go a little to the east) you'll run into Belleville, Ontario. There you'll find the Belleville Public Library Writers' Collective. They define themselves as an ever-changing, always encouraging group of writers working in a variety of genres. And in the current environment, they are going virtual. Through the virtual power of Zoom, the BPL Writer's Collective will resume its monthly meetings on Tuesday, April 28. Of course, they are several days behind LCRW, but it's always nice to know you're not out there alone.

There are lots of ways writer's groups can make virtual meetings work. Ways we can use to expand LCRW. We could have as many critiques as we wanted virtually. Think of Inklings. The Inklings were an informal literary discussion group for nearly two decades that met every week between the early 1930s and into late 1949. The Inklings were writing enthusiasts who praised the value of fiction and encouraged writing. (Speaking of which, someone should write LCRWs history for the Web site.)

"Properly speaking," Warren Lewis observed, "the Inklings was neither a club nor a literary society, though it partook of the nature of both." They held readings and critiques of the members' unfinished books – something easily done in virtual meetings. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Lewis's Out of the Silent Planet, and Williams's All Hallows' Eve were among the novels read at the meetings. Meetings were not all serious; the members occasionally amused themselves by having humorous competitions.

… and for a virtual meeting. All you need is a phone. No car, gas, or physical site required. Shirts, however, are recommended.

 

 

 

 

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