The Editing Path is an “in-person” editing accountability group, which meets monthly to set editing goals, encourage each other to edit their work, share editing tips, and schedule time to work on our writing.

The group meets on the third Saturday of the month from 10 am to noon, for the months of January through September. For now, the meetings will be held virtually via Zoom. Once we can resume in-person gathering, we will meet in the Shakespeare room of the Glen Ellyn Public Library (400 Duane St, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137), but continue to provide a virtual option for joining.

Below is the standard agenda:

  • Review last month’s editing achievements and set goals for the coming month. (60 – 90 min) Goals are store in Editing Path Goals 2021 Google sheet.
  • Short 15-20 min editing workshop led by one of the members  
  • Brainstorming session – 15-30 minute story wall type brainstorming session to help a writer work through a trouble spot in their writing
  • Time to write from noon to 4 pm. These Shut Your Trap & Write (Editing Path Edition) will be held via Zoom. Once in-person meeting are safe to resume, we will meet at at local café or pub, but maintain a virtual participation option.

 

Click to join the Edit Path mailing list. Join any time. At your first meeting, let us know what you’re working on and set some goals for next month.

 

More Details

The Editing Path combines aspects of previous Editing Paths, Todd’s Accountability Path, write-ins, and aspects of the Journey General meetings.

Writers have their own editing style, are at different stages in the editing process, and are working on different projects (novels, short stories, poems, etc). This makes it difficult to follow a single structured approach to editing, so the Journey Editing Path focuses on writers setting their own editing goals. During the monthly meetings, each writer’s previous month’s goals are reviewed and they set new goals for the upcoming month. If it’s your first meeting, don’t worry. Let the team know what you’re working on and set some goals for the next month.

The members want to learn from each other, so time is set aside in each meeting for a short member led editing workshop.

We all can use help getting through trouble spots, so time is allocated in each meeting for a brainstorming session.

Many of us struggle to find time to edit and write, so a writing meetup is scheduled after each monthly meeting, as well as periodic ad hoc meetups.