Wednesday 13 October 2021

Elizabeth M Castillo : part two

Do you have a social group or writers group that you work ideas and poems with? 

I live in Paris, and write in English and Spanish, and only started writing seriously during the pandemic, so I really only found my "people" online through social media. I started out just throwing a request on twitter for a fresh pair of eyes on some of my work, and people started responding, and connections were made. I didn't think much of it until I attended a workshop and the facilitator commented on how much she admired the fact that I didn't shy away from asking for help and support. 

Since then I've got an informal circle of people I know I can ask for help and support, some of which I can also use as a sounding board new ideas for writing or promotional work (I also run several short interview series to showcase fellow indie/small-press creatives and their work- check out my website It basically works both ways, I'm always happy to help look their work over and give them whatever feedback they need. At the moment I've got 2 full collections and a chapbook sitting in my inbox waiting for my attention. And I can't wait! 

That being said, I also use @TheMumPoemPress's monthly feedback circles religiously, and have participated in some @mumwrite workshops where exchanging work was a part of the exercise. I'd love to network with more locally-based creatives, but who knows when (or if!) that will be possible given the way things stand pandemic-wise. 

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