> As a general response, fiction writing groups
> of the type that Rachel Tanner describes in her
> sessions usually flourish around colleges. Community
> colleges and centers for extended learning offer
I can attest to colleges offering continuing learning courses; my own university offers a wide variety of writing workshops that I'd probably be attending if I weren't working during the times at which they're offered. At least here, they're also excruciatingly expensive (at least, to a college student living on seemingly less than a fixed income), but I'd imagine that community colleges would offer them for significantly less than the $200 asked per course here.
> Poetry flourishes mostly coupled either with coffee
> or bad white wine and cubes of white cheese (often
> containing bits of jalapeno peppers for some reason).
Strange...I'd always found that my best poetry always came from music appropriate to the mood of my poetic subject. Eric Clapton's "Tears in Heaven" was always a favorite, as was his version of "Old Love" from the "24 Nights" collection...a thirteen minute long song with extended guitar and piano solos is usually catalyst enough for ANY poem of mine. Now, if only I could figure out good music to inspire songwriting itself...