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Create a Salon–A Temporary Writing Group

On the second Sunday of September, I gathered with friend for a temporary writing group we call a salon. Whether you call it a share group, a gathering or a salon, an afternoon or evening with writers can be a stimulating experience. We have so few opportunities to meet with people with whom we share an understanding of an important subtext of our lives. No need at a salon to explain this compulsion we have to write. Everyone at this writing group is equally smitten. Wonderful.

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5 Responses to Create a Salon–A Temporary Writing Group

  1. cmadsen September 15, 2013 at 7:22 PM #

    What a great idea. Any writers in the Olympia, Wash. area? Any genre welcome!

  2. Denis Ledoux September 16, 2013 at 2:11 PM #

    To any folks out there who are thinking of joining Chris’ salon in Olympia: you should know she is really good writer. You will have a great group mate!

  3. Denis Ledoux October 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM #

    This was sent to me by Justine Kuntz, a certified Memoir Professional (with The Memoir Network) who teaches memoir writing.
    This past February, at church where I teach memoir writing in Boca Raton, FL we did a “Salon Stories” evening as a fundraiser for a homeless shelter we help support in Broward County. The publicity alerted people that this was “a chance to wear your vintage clothing to come hear stories of the past as lived and written by our own church members.” The vintage clothing, also worn by the readers, turned out to be a unique unexpected ice breaker at the reception afterward, as the guests mingled, comparing their vintage clothing, and relating some of their own stories that “need to be written.”
    The lovely dessert buffet, including fruit and cheeses, followed the stories, and everyone enjoyed the repast while socializing. The evening turned out to be quite elegant, and further energized the guests to write and the writers to continue writing. A “house manager” had reminded everyone to silence their cell phones, pagers, and other annoying technical devices, as we didn’t want them encroaching on our visit to the past. And our profit went to support a worthy cause.

  4. Denis Ledoux October 9, 2013 at 11:08 AM #

    Sent by Angi Collins in an e-mail:

    Hi Denis;

    I love this idea of hosting a salon! I’ve always been fascinated with the salons of the 20s (and envious), but never thought of starting one myself. I recently moved and have been thinking about starting a game night, but you have inspired me to think about something more…well, inspirational. 🙂



  5. Denis Ledoux October 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM #


    I hope you do create a salon of your own. Keep us posted on how it went for you.

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