One of the most enduring and jealousy-invoking books about the writer’s life is Earnest Hemingway’s A Movable Feast. In this memoir of his writing life in Paris is not only a treasure trove of insights into how writing works, but a unique, semi-utopian ideal of friendship, community, and collaboration.
Writing communities aren’t limited to Hemingway and his Parisian friends, however. There was also the famous literary community known as the “Inklings.” This community gathered at the Eagle and Child pub near Oxford to discuss, sharpen, and hone one another’s skills as they worked on various writing projects. Members included C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Williams, and others who brought great works of literature into the world. These men were formed not in isolation, but in a rich community of friends with a shared vision of helping and encouraging one another.
If you’re a writer, you understand the need for such a community. Though writing is a solitary act, it’s best carried out in communion with other writers. Finding that kind of community isn’t easy, though. You have probably asked yourself, Where can I find such a place? Who can help develop my skills to write what is good, truthful, and beautiful?
AN OPPORTUNITY TO FIND YOUR WRITING COMMUNITY
At GCD, we feel the same way. That’s why we’ve designed the GCD Writers’ Cohort.
Our aim is to help you make progress in writing that glorifies God and serves your readers. We want to help you write great articles and learn to clearly, winsomely communicate the truths of Scripture. We long to see writers speak into each other’s work and help foster friendships and community that will last far beyond our six months of mentoring.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Here’s what members of the GCD Writers’ Cohort can expect:
- Six live video calls (one a month) where we grow together in the craft of writing.
- One individual coaching call with one of the GCD Staff Editors to help you see specific ways you can grow as a writer.
- Monthly small group collectives with 2-3 other individuals focused on shaping and sharing your writing.
- An ever-present online community to foster friendships and collaboration.
We’d love to have you join us for this formative endeavor to grow as a writer for God’s glory.
Jeremy Writebol is the Executive Director of GCD. He is the husband of Stephanie and father of Allison and Ethan. He serves as the lead campus pastor of Woodside Bible Church in Plymouth, MI. He is also an author and contributor to several GCD Books including everPresent and Make, Mature, Multiply. He writes personally at jwritebol.net. You can read all of Jeremy’s articles for GCD here.