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Local writers share work, advice with others

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - A local woman with a passion for writing is helping others with their craft. She started a group where artists from around the area can come and share their work with each other.

"I like to write, and so the more I talked about that I liked to write, the more I ran into people that also like to write. So I thought "There's got to be a writing club around here, we have so many writers in this city...and there weren't any writing clubs!" So I thought "Well, I should start one," said Aimee Johnson of Eau Claire.

So she did, forming a group called "Write Club" this summer.

"We have writers of all stages, all ages. We have older writers, we have younger writers, we have writers that write poetry, we have writers that write novels. We have some writers that are published, and other writers that have actually never written yet, they just want to be a writer. So they came here to sort of get an idea of what a writer does," Johnson said.

On the first and third Sunday of each month, the group gets together for a couple of hours at Half Moon Tea in Eau Claire to share their work, and their thoughts.

"It's great to share your stuff with a really supportive friend who is always going to say "Yeah, that's great," but its also good to share it with somebody who can say "Yeah, that part was a little sloppy," or "Maybe you need a little more description in this area," and that helps you grow as a writer," said Johnson.

"Getting to hear their writing, it also helps you to fine tune your craft because you'll recognize things they're doing that you also see that you're doing when you're writing. So it kind of helps along those lines too," said Eau Claire's Matthew Matz.

The authors also have a chance to see into another writer's method to the madness.

"There's camaraderie to the process, you know, because writing can very much often be a lonely thing. You just are at your house on your computer by yourself writing and writing and writing. And hours and hours have gone by, and you need to connect with people. It's just so much more fun to connect with people who are in that same type of process," said Patricia Hawkenson.

There is no membership fee to join. Writers of any kind of work are encouraged to drop by and offer up their work and their opinions. The group meets 12:30 to 2:30 on the first and third Sunday of each month.

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