Almost two years ago, I began teaching a writing class on Thursday mornings, and because of that, Thursday has become one of the best days of my week. When I agreed to teach the class, I had very few good expectations of the assembly. In fact, I thought that a couple of unmotivated people would probably begin the class and quit a week or so later, and that did happen. But several other people also joined the group, and those members have proven to be inspiring as human beings, as well as good writers. Somewhere along the way, the lines became blurred, and I am no longer teaching a class. I am merely the facilitator of a group of well-honed writers. I decided that it was time to take the writing class to another level.

For at least a year, I have been encouraging my fellow writers to start a WordPress blog site and to begin making their writings more public, but none of them seem to be interested in blogging. I decided that I would launch an official writers group blog in the form of a literary journal, and today, I am excited to make official both the New Jersey Shore Writers Group, and to announce the launching of its official literary journal: The Sand Castle Review Here

I am not sure of the Sand Castle Review’s publishing schedule yet. The endeavor is new. In fact, there is still only one post on the site, but it is an excellent one and it expresses many things about my hope for my newly formed writers group and for the future of its journal.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost: that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

In some ways, it might seem pretentious to simply assume that my writing associates and I are worthy of the distinction of calling ourselves a writing group but in a Build-It-They-Will-Come-Way, I feel very good about moving to a higher rung on the ladder. As I said before, I am no longer the teacher of my group, I am only the facilitator, and the rich reward of having begun teaching my writing class is that I have learned about the beauty of association. My band of fellow writers and I have moved beyond the status of class and teacher, we have become a group of tight-knit friends who meet once a week and encourage each other about all of our individual endeavors. In a prophylactic way, we are a unit of group therapy. We support each other and lift each other up. I encourage everyone to find a writers group to join, and if you cannot find one, start one. Build It, They Will Come.

©Jacki Kellum September 28, 2017