On this day, two years ago, we held our first Writers’ Circle meeting. Since then, we’ve more than doubled our numbers and created a Skype-In option for out-of-town (or out-of-country) members. The amount of improvement I’ve seen in everyone, myself included, warms my heart in a way I can’t describe. All I know is that I’m so thankful for the group and all the participants who continue to bring their A Game each and every time they come.
It isn’t easy to show your work to people, even close friends. But the Bonavisters don’t play it safe. They put out weird experimental pieces, write outside their normal genre and age range, and even try out mediums they’ve never touched before like slam poetry. Sometimes it flies and sometimes it doesn’t but if they fear the red pen they sure as hell don’t show it.
There’s an immense sense of security that comes with knowing my friends won’t let me put out garbage. I can rest easy knowing that they will catch my flaws and help me fix them. I have learned so much, and I am grateful.
So here’s to two wonderful years and many more to come. Skald!