One of the questions I often hear is, “What’s it like working from home, alone, all day?” The answer, of course, depends on the day. Generally, it’s bliss: just me and the Muse – and an exceedingly vocal, neurotic, high-needs cat. The writing life is all the better for online communities like Twitter, where you can jump into a conversation for 10 minutes and leave feeling amused, refreshed, and sharpened.
But sometimes, it’s good to meet fellow writers in real life. The whole tenor and pace of conversation is different, face to face. When you share a physical community, you have more things in common. And it’s pleasant, when writing alone, to know that someone a few blocks away is doing much the same thing. That’s why I’m so pleased to announce the creation of Young Kingston, an online and real-life community for children’s and YA writers in southeastern Ontario. (If you follow me on Twitter, this is the mysterious, bookish-but-non-book project I talked about a while ago.)
Check us out! Say hello! If you’re a teacher or librarian, you can apply for grants to subsidize the cost of school visits from one of us. And if you’re a traditionally published writer of kidlit in and around Kingston, Ontario, drop us a line. We’d love to meet you.