Though the Wine Writers Workshop recently ended, it also spawned a new beginning, the creation of the Boston Wine Writers group. For some time, the idea for a local wine writers group has interested Jonathon Alsop of the Boston Wine School. And he has decided that now is the time to move forward with this idea, an idea I strongly support.
For now, the Boston Wine Writers group will be rather informal, with meetings held about once a month. The basic idea is to give wine writers a place to meet each other, exchange ideas and contacts, discuss story ideas, critique each other's work and more. It is free to attend any of the meetings and everyone is welcome to come, not just wine writers. Jonathon states: "As long as you have a passion for good wine writing, it doesn't matter whether you're a published writer, editor, sales rep, importer, restaurateur, blogger, PR person, publisher, wine lover, whatever: you're invited!"
He also suggests that if you wish to discuss one of your works in progress, that you should bring 20+ copies so that everyone will have a copy to read. Maybe in time there will be a message board or other online area where such works can be posted prior to the meetings so that people can read the articles before they get to the meeting.
The current schedule for meetings is:
- August 19, 6:30-8:30pm
- September 16, 6:30-8:30pm
- October 20, 6:30-8:30pm
- November 24, 6:30-8:30pm
- There will be no meeting in December.
I would encourage all local bloggers to come join the Boston Writers group. I think it is a great idea that would benefit all of us. I would also encourage anyone who is interested in wine writing, but is just getting into it to join as well. I will definitely be at the first meeting so I hope to see many of you there as well.