What are Paths?
The Journey is a cafeteria-style writing group: members can create or elect to follow different Paths. A Path can be as ephemeral as a one-time outing (e.g., to meet for lunch or dinner or to go to a writer’s conference) or encompass a significant project (e.g., creation of one of our short story anthologies) or be ongoing (e.g., regular meeting writing/editing/critiquing sessions). It’s all up to the members to decide which Paths are offered and which Paths they participate in.
Some of the most popular Paths have been short story projects, where members write stories, critique each others stories, edit the anthology and self-publish it. See our collection of anthologies, all of which are available from Amazon.
The Journey holds seven general meetings during the year: monthly meetings from January through June and one in September. October and November are filled with NaNoWriMo-related events. General meetings frequently feature workshops presented by various members covering writing-related topics.
There is a group led by Daniel McCullough who meet twice a month in person/via Zoom to do critiquing using the Writer’s Workshop method.
Sam McAdams leads the Editing Path, which provides a mix of accountability, time for editing (similar to the NaNo write-ins), and brief, informal workshops on various editing-related topics.
The Tech Path, led by Jenn Bauer, explores and shares information about the software tools and technology that help writers and creators. There are monthly workshops.
Refilling the Well Path
Monthly virtual meetings to refill our creativity well via art, science, nature, music. Also an active channel in Slack for those who can’t make the virtual meeting or to discuss topics. Information is in a google document.
Shut Yer Trap and Write
An offshoot of the Editing Path, these writing/editing sessions are like NaNoWriMo write-ins but less formal. Organized by Sam McAdams.
Open Yer Trap
An offshoot of the Shut Yer Trap sessions, these are one hour chat sessions for writers and creators to talk. Organized by Jenn Bauer.
Groups have attended author readings, writer’s conferences, and have organized outings to go write at the Morton Arboretum and at the Museum of the Chicago Art Institute.
Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre
Everyone needs to recharge their creative batteries. Just like Joss Whedon and his group of friends, we hold 1-2 Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre events, which allow everyone to actively participate in performing/reading Shakespeare’s wonderful plays.
It’s important for members of a writing group to interact with each other even outside a pure writing context. For this reason, we’ve promoted social outings. These have included: lunch and dinners to area restaurants, outings to see musicals, movies, adventures with archery target practice, and game nights, including Dungeons and Dragons, led by Daniel McCullough.