We Put Words on Paper was a writing collective that I founded. I recruited a group of writers from various disciplines. Together, we became each other’s writing coach. Consequently, we helped each other grow as writers over the course of nearly three years.
Each Member, A Writing Coach
While I founded the group and facilitated meetings and other activities, the collective manifested many leaders in the writing community. As its core functionality, the collective met weekly to conduct workshop sessions. In each session, we provided feedback on each other’s writing. Incredibly collaborative and supportive, these feedback sessions helped us to identify many different techniques and theories for use in not only the writing process, but also for use in helping fellow writers grow.
Eventually, our work together bloomed various other activities. For instance, we organized day-long writing jams (i.e., essentially motivational group writing coach days). Also, we organized and/or participated in public literary events; one of our events received press in the Austin Chronicle. Additionally, we published a regular blog (read some of my posts), and even a podcast. These efforts gained us additional recognition, evidenced by our invitation onto the radio show, Writing on the Air, on 91.7 FM in Austin.
The Mission of the Collective
We Put Words on Paper was the genesis of my continued interest in helping other writers grow. The lessons that I learned in the collective have guided the writing coach efforts that I have employed in my more recent professional life. In many ways, the collective’s mission still holds true for me today. That mission was as follows:
We Put Words On Paper aims to organize and promote a network of peer support and dedication to the craft of writing. Together we develop individuals’ discipline and creativity in the pursuit of completed work. We members call ourselves WepWoppers and subscribe to the belief that writing consists of physically putting one word after the other onto paper, computers, or any device in any medium or genre, whether non-fiction, fiction, poetry, film, comics, short story, novel, radio, multimedia . . . or really anything else. You get the idea; we enjoy communication, but we believe writing is as much of a talent as it is a skill, diligently developed like any craft. To strive to be a writer is to strive to write every day, every week, and every year of our lives, because for us writing exists as a discipline; a muscle to be exercised!
Each week we carry out the mission to help individuals set, plan, and manage customizable and achievable goals in their writing endeavors. Forever moving towards the result of finishing work and getting it published, we seek networking opportunities and share as much information as possible on the craft and business of writing with each other and the writing community-at-large.
My Mission as a Writing Coach
Today, I seek out opportunities to help other writers. For many years, I worked as a proposal manager at a research and consulting firm. Even in that role, I found myself constantly helping others grow as writers. These efforts were recognized by my direct supervisor, Cheyanne Rolf, who said the following about my writing coach efforts.
“Brandon is an excellent writing coach! He tailors his approach … and is willing to dedicate the time (and patience!) to facilitate a good product.”
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