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  1.  (10141.1)
    My fellow Toronto/GTA Whitechapelians, I'm a silent member of this forum, but today I am stepping out of my hiding place to ask a question/make a suggestion.

    I have been kicking around a few ideas in my head (all brilliant, of course), but alas, my head is where they remain. I have found, in the past, that writing with others helps me release some of those creative juices and put ideas to paper.

    Would any of you be interested in meeting every once in a while, to write together, and perhaps share some ideas or even a page or two?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    Oooooh, I just blew a whole paycheck on a trip up to Toronto last month, don't tempt me again!

    (Seriously, that sounds like a damn fun idea).
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    Alan, you know you can't stay resist us for long.

    And this is something that I see no reason to not be interested in.
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    I'm intrigued. And now you have three positive responses.
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    That is absolutely fantastic, thank you kindly.

    With 2 very young kids, my schedule is not stellar, but we could probably aim for an evening session.

    How does a coffee shop/some other public space sound, for starters?
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeAug 11th 2011
    I do want to say it's not likely I'd be able to do this anytime soon, although if this became a frequent event, I'd love to pop in on one someday!
  3.  (10141.7)
    @Evil - I'm too far away for it to be likely something I could do in person (though you guys make Toronto sound like a great city for WC people), but some of us have been doing some workshopping over g+, so if you ever find yourself in need of notes, you could probably find some love there.
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    @sellmeyoursoul - I would love to hear more about that. I was actually thinking about something much less structured; a group of people sitting together, writing, and taking a break now and then to share something they wrote (if they wish to, of course).

    @Elana - What's the next step?
  5.  (10141.9)
    I haven't written a story in years, but I'm constantly writing/thinking up short film/video ideas (I work in television)
    Not sure if the different medium would translate well to group writing of this kind, but if you think it wouldn't take away from the group I'd be interested in trying it.

    Actually, I have a short I need to have written by the end of the month if I am going to have any hope of making it this this would be a great way to force myself to do that
  6.  (10141.10)
    @Peter - I don't think the medium should matter. It's more of group dynamic thing, where by seeing others around you writing, you have nothing to do but write something yourself.

    Essentially, it's writing by peer pressure :)
  7.  (10141.11)
    @Evil - I totally know what you're talking about. When I lived in LA, I hung out with a ton of writers (and worked with a few) so every conversation found its way to "what are you working on now?" at some point. I got so much done. If you're on g+ you can find me here. Logistics are a pain, but some of us have suggested a hang out to just talk writer stuff.

    I totally get why, but it's a shame that we word-monkeys have to sidestep WC.
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    I like how you asked me what the next steps should be! Now I feel like my opinion is important!- and I actually went away and thought about it for a while.

    My first instinct is to create a space where we can register members and learn more about each other - at the very least, what people look like and who is coming so that we know what to look for at the venue. If we use a tool like (the inferior but free alternative to Ning), we could even be as sophisticated as having profiles that describe ourselves and our writing projects.

    Mainly I just think I would be more likely to go if I felt like I knew something about the other people coming.

    A group would also facilitate voting on times and locations, and provide a place online to keep in touch about how projects are going or when to set up the next date- and a place to post fiction or ideas without threat of arse eels.

    It's a bit of startup effort but it's scaleable and keeps things organized.

    That's just how I would do it, as a perfectionist nerd. Running things fast and loose is also frequently successful.
  8.  (10141.13)
    @Elana - I put the ball in your court _because_ I know you're an organized nerd, and because you carry more weight in this community, and would be able to recruit more people.

    I agree that a place for this community is a good idea, but I don't think we need to build a social network at this point, but rather focus on gathering people and meeting as quickly as possible. Then we can worry about establishing a better structure.

    Don't mean to harsh your buzz, so whatever you need to feel comfortable should be done.
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    I have weight in the community...? You must have me confused for someone else!

    Alright, let's rock (although I would like to know more about the people who are coming — apparently you know something about me!).

    I like the idea of a coffee shop, but it would have to be chosen carefully based on how much seating space can be expected at the chosen meeting time. Do you have a place in mind? All the coffee shops around my area are usually too full to find a seat even for one person, let alone a small group with laptops. Other possibilities that usually have better seating situations are bubble tea shops and pubs, of which I could recommend a few if we wanted to have it around the Grange neighbourhood.

    As for recruitment, I find it easier to pitch an idea when I have things I can actually say about it, like approximately what kind of place, time, part of city, group size, etc. But I will start mentioning it to people as an embryonic plan.
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    I'm not a particularly prolific writer these days, but I'd love to volunteer my editing/proofreading/critical-eye services if you guys do get together. It would be great if I got inspired to crank out some verbiage, too, but I'm not holding my breath.

    In other news, hi, Elana! Long time no see.
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2011
    Cafes with separate meeting rooms... The Green Beanery at Bloor and Bathurst has a vault, no kidding, but we'd have to pay for rental.
    Every Dark Horse in town, it seems, has a huge wooden table we could try to claim, but it would be difficult, and they're not secluded by any means. The one at Spadina and Dundas, though, has a sort of upstairs-balcony-seating-level.
    Jet Fuel at Parliament and Carlton has something similar, which is rarely home to more than a few people.
    The best place I can think of offhand, though, is Tequila Bookworm at Queen and Bathurst, which has a huge second floor with two rooms, neither of which are ever very occupied. As long as we promised to drink and snack I'm sure they'd let us take one over without a fee. (I could try to arrange it, as I used to work there.)
  9.  (10141.17)
    @allana - That sounds great, thank you for helping out! The one time I did something like this was at the 2nd level of a Starbucks, which was roomy and quiet, and worked out great. Tequila Bookworm sounds just as good.
    • CommentTimeAug 13th 2011
    Here's a third vote in support of Tequila Bookworm, because I like Queen & Bathurst much more than Parliament & Carlton, and Dark Horse is always packed.

    Guy, you mentioned an evening session would work best for you. It being summer and me being a silly grad student, my schedule is wi-iiide open. Is there a day of the week that works best for you?
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    Any day but Monday and Wednesday should be fine for the next few weeks. I can usually leave the house at 7:30 pm, and it would take me about 45min to et there (I live in midtown).
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2011
    Cool, that's flexible enough. So who is coming? Here is what I have for a guest list so far:

    Guy (EvilSuperstar)
    DJ Stawes
    Peter Kelly
    [Alan Tyson, in spirit]

    Anyone lurking and interested?

    Allana, any suggestions or prerequisites for securing Tequila Bookworm's space? Do you want some time to talk to them first? Otherwise I would put forth the suggestion of this Friday at 8:30pm.