Our last post talked about NaNoWriMo and how having a group of writing friends can help spur on your writing—and make you a better writer. But if you’ve just started on your writing journey, how do you find such friends?
One resource you can look at is the Malaysian Writers Society, fondly known as MYWriters, which was established in September 2016. An inclusive and non-profit initiative, MYWriters facilitates activities and programmes related to Malaysian writing and publishing that transcends genre, language, function, medium, and experience levels.
MYWriters runs on two levels:
The online community
The Facebook group, founded by Tina Isaacs in October 2014, provides a place for interaction amongst writers of all stripes in Malaysia. This is a closed group, with posts only visible to approved members, so that writers can have a safe place to discuss writing and publishing matters in private. The only criteria to be a member of the online group is an interest in writing!
Members regularly post calls for submissions, writing and publishing articles, and have discussions about their work. Write-in sessions and chit chat sessions are also organised on a regular basis.
Join the MYWriters Community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/malaysianwriters/
Members located in Penang also have a MYWriters Penang group to discuss Penang-related matters. Join here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MyWritersPenang/
Official membership in the society provides benefits that aren’t available to the members of the facebook group. This includes discounts on society events, book sales and publication opportunities.
Some of the additional benefits to come include publishing advice, mentorship programmes, an industry rate card, and representation at international book fairs. See the full list here: http://malaysianwriterssociety.org/member-application/members-benefits/
Sign up for Malaysian Writers Society here: http://malaysianwriterssociety.org/member-application/
And follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/malaysianwriterssociety/
If you’re looking for company as you write, check out the following venues:
CBTL NuSentral: Saturdays, 8.30am to 1pm (weekly; check Facebook for updates).
Old Town Bandar Kinrara, Puchong: Sundays, 3pm – 5pm (check Facebook for updates).
LUMA, Hin Bus Depot, George Town: Mondays, 7pm – 11pm (weekly).
The Malaysian Writers Society is holding their second AGM on 10 November 2018 (Saturday) at the GerakBudaya Hall, Petaling Jaya. If you’re already a member and are interested to find out more about the society or would like to get involved in this young vibrant society, do attend the AGM.