People typically think of writing as a solitary art form. The truth is that writers truly develop their craft not only by reading literature, but also through interacting with other writers. Friendships like C.S Lewis and J.R. R. Tolkien, or even Earnest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, show prime examples of comradery in the writing world. Such comradery spreads ideas and advices that not only help authors develop stories, but potentially their careers as published artists. That’s why places like LitMore should be noted sites for writers and readers alike.
LitMore is a writer’s house on Keswick Road, just outside of ‘The Avenue’ in Hampden. It’s a grass-roots organization serving as forum for creative writing. Essentially, LitMore is an attempt to create a community of artists. One can go online and learn about writing, but that’s a very passive way to learn. Not to mention boring. You also miss details and personal experiences such as tips towards getting published or even specific techniques for developing writing skills/ideas. LitMore seeks to add the crucial human element by providing a creative space that also hosts informative classes and events.
On one of my initial visits (at LitMore’s previous location) there were just a few writers quietly at their computers or notepads. LitMore is a great writing space, it has a creative zen to it. However, these people weren’t just writing. While one or two were working in solitude, several were critiquing each other’s work. That’s one of the many benefits of having writers together; one has the benefit of a fresh pair of eyes and perspective. This naturally makes LitMore a great place to network with more experienced writers, poets, memoir writers, and more. Many of the frequent visitors are published writers who readily and gladly offer advice and share their work.
LitMore is a premier writing center, hosting several events and seminars that benefit writers. These include workshop series, seminars on how to craft memoirs, lit-magazine submission clinics, and many other sessions. This is also a place where artists premier some of their latest work. Events like Write On! Baltimore offer the chance to hear local published authors read some of their work and then share advice and discussion with the audience. An open mic session after the spotlight readings opens the floor to other writers in the audience to share and receive feedback. If you’re a writer who simply needs a creative space to toil LitMore always maintains an open door policy when open. LitMore also rents space to anyone who desires to write in privacy.
LitMore is a broad venue, open to all kinds of events. Anyone can host or join, the atmosphere is always welcoming. Another important note is that these events are either inexpensive or totally free to attend. Membership prices are also flexible and affordable to how much your budget allows.
LitMore faces an uncertain future as the location will change yet again after the current lease is up. This is something that can be remedied simply by checking them out. Why not go out and discover new literature. Meet the writers themselves in the process. Baltimore Writers, this is a convenient venue right in your backyard you can take advantage of. Remember, donations are always accepted, it’s a member-supported organization so all money goes directly into upkeep and future events. Everyone can gain from LitMore because its goal is not just to support writers but to enrich the community with fresh stories. You can find more information on LitMore both on Facebook and their home website provided above.