This is the first part of a 2-part series on hosting Write-Ins.
What is a Write-In?
Thanks to Atlanta being super awesomely populated, we get to meet in person easily and frequently. Pretty much every day in November, there will be one or MANY, MANY Write-Ins where we WriMos gather and chat and share our stories and ask stupid research questions without fear of the NSA tracking our Google searches (I swear I wasn’t hiding a body when I searched for the weights of both a car battery and an 8 year old human). Hopefully, we’ll write ALL THE WORDS as well. First and foremost, a Write-In should be an escape from the outside world where words flow like funky fresh rhymes from our fingers into our word processors of choice. Or something. I don’t know, my metaphors have been off lately.
Where can I host a Write-In?
Meh, wherever. Coffee shops are the norm in Atlanta, but don’t limit yourself. Fast food establishments work if you’re on a tighter budget, as do diners if you’re looking for late night. Your local library is probably free. Talk with your librarian about scheduling in advance as their rooms are used by lots of organizations, but they’re typically very accommodating. Some grocery stores have seating areas, or you can brave the wilderness at the park. Heck, you can even open your home (at your own risk!). Be creative.
Some things you’ll want to consider: Is there Wi-Fi? Convenient power outlets? Seating to accommodate a group of possibly 2 but potentially 12? Food and beverages? Public transportation nearby? Is it suitable for the teenaged WriMos? Will it be quiet enough that you can concentrate on writing, but will it also be acceptable if the Write-In gets rowdy? Because that happens. Don’t let a ‘no’ to any of these questions stop you from. Others of us need to be told in advance to keep our lips zipped. It is what it is.
When can I host a Write-In?
Meh, whenever. Literally. Nine-to-fivers like evenings and weekends, the rest of us love those lunch time, no-one’s-around-to-bother-us-so-we’re-gonna-write-for-the-next-four-hours-then-leave-early-enough-to-dodge-the-worst-of-rush-hour, or, whoops-it’s-five-so-let’s-keep-going-until-seven-to-dodge-rush-hour write-ins. If you’re a night owl who likes to write at 2AM, you’re not alone and IHOP is 24 hours. As for the duration, that’s also at your discretion. A minimum of 2 hours is recommended, beyond that is however long you’ll want to sit there. If you want to host weekly, be sure to list all dates.
I do recommend you check out the previously scheduled Write-Ins before you choose your date(s)/time. It’s okay to schedule yours at the same time as another Write-In elsewhere in Atlanta—there’s certainly not a conflict in scheduling in Buford when there’s already one in Peachtree City—just try not to schedule when there’s another Write-In nearby.
Enjoy a delightfully ’90s narrated PowerPoint presentation from lapixystix!
Stay tuned for the second part of the series, airing as soon as lapixystix and JFCJames find time to film the stupid thing.