I visited all the sites, and at every single one I saw writers exchanging emails and experiences and ideas. Writing is itself a solitary activity. Many of us have picked it because it is solitary; some despite it being so. Creativity, though, cannot exist in a vacuum and creative people have to get together, if only for mutual inspiration. The weekend writing sites helped writers from all over the borough to make connections with other writers.
At many of the sites I was asked, “When are we doing this again?” My answer was: You can do it as often as you want! Get together with other writers and write—you don’t need Newtown Literary to organize it. Sure, you can form critique groups, but there is power in just sitting down and writing with others. When I arrived late to a group, it was an incredible experience to walk into a room with several people writing. The intensity was palpable.
What’s more, we were able to raise over $425 for our programs. This money goes directly back into paying for our printing costs and running low-cost workshops and a kids writing contest (both of which are coming soon!). No one at Newtown Literary gets paid for their work, so every single cent goes into the organization’s programs.
If you missed the event, but would still like to donate, you can visit the donation page (link: https://www.wepay.com/donations/queens-writes-weekend-2013). It will remain active for a few more weeks.
Thank you to our site captains: Jeff Brandt, Tyler Rivenbark, Anna Voisard, Margarita Soto, and Linda Fisher. Without them, this event could not have been the success it was.