Groups of Like-Minded Creatives

I have a question for you.

Do you belong to a group? Groups online, like on Facebook, are OK, but I mean in person. Are you a member of a group that meets regularly? Once a month? Every two weeks?

It doesn’t matter if the group is small or large, I think it’s important for creatives to belong to a group of like-minded people who engage in a similar or related pursuit.

For example, I belong to a knit/crochet group, a writers’ group, and a stamping group. Two meet once a month and the other meets twice a month. They’re all important for me.

A lot of creative work is done in solitude. Sometimes you need someone to talk to about similar issues. Other times you need someone you can brainstorm with to get out of the rut you’ve found yourself in. And even other times, you just need — or want — a friend who understands what you’re going through as a creative at the end of the day.

Groups can provide education, resources, and camaraderie, among other things. What groups do you belong to?

Happy creating.

4 Comments

  1. I’m a homebody, but you make a great point about being in groups of like-minded people. On the other hand, I like the sense of connection I find even in online groups.

    1. I am a homebody, too. For me, online groups *do* give a sense of connection, but sometimes I need a real-time sounding board. In-person/local groups fill that need.

  2. I belong to the historical society, the conservation advisory board, and the church choir. On line, I belong to a crochet group. We do exchanges and play games, all via email. This group has been active for about eighteen years. I’ve never met any of these ladies but we’ve bonded like sisters.

    1. I definitely agree you can form true, lasting friendships online. I have quite a few myself. My main point, that I don’t think I got across very well, is that sometimes you need an immediate sounding board that online doesn’t often provide but in-person can.

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