Coming up with new and creative ideas is what writers do, so the birth of The Triangle was almost a cosmic certainty.
Three writers who found each other through the creative writers guild at Millersville University didn't want to lose the connection they'd formed. And they figured that while they were at it, they might as well open the idea to the whole York-Lancaster-Harrisburg region.
"I feel like that's one of the biggest shocks after you graduate," says Triangle co-creator Erin Dorney, 28, of Lancaster. "You're finally in the real world, but you've lost all that feedback you were getting."
Reconnecting can be hard as writers sift through a sea of dead links online and hear about events by word of mouth afterward.
"For emerging writers, it's really important that they find that community outside the classroom," she says. "Hopefully with the stuff we're doing at The Triangle, that will make that easier."
The site: Dorney and her co-creators, Tyler Barton and Jacob Gehman, have created a gathering place for local writers at thetrianglepa.com. The website maintains a calendar of local poetry nights, writing workshops and other literary events in southcentral Pennsylvania. The Triangle also interviews poets and authors -- heavy on text for now, but eager to branch out and offer visual tours of writers' workspaces soon. The Triangle is a wholly volunteer project aiming to provide online and in-person support for the writing community.
"Writing can be a very solitary act, but then you need people to read your work and people to talk about your work with," Dorney says. "We meet people (online) and then we see them in real life and we create these relationships that help us with our work."
To that end, The Triangle is starting to host its own events. On Saturday, poet Steve Roggenbuck will appear at The Seed in Lancaster. All writers are encouraged to drop in for the show, whether poets, short story writers, novelists, nonfiction writers, screenwriters or in another niche. The cross-pollination of ideas by itself is helpful, Dorney says.
"Sometimes, that's where you get your most creative ideas -- when you put yourself outside your normal comfort zone or meet someone who works in a completely different medium," she says.
Connect with The Triangle at thetrianglepa.com and facebook.com/TheTrianglePA. Writers interested in being featured on the site can message The Triangle on Facebook, leave a comment on the website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first Triangle-backed poetry night will feature Internet sensation Steve Roggenbuck at 8 p.m. Saturday at The Seed, 52 N. Queen St., Lancaster. The suggested donation is $5.
Registration is open now for a November workshop on found poetry, and a creative writing workshop is planned for the spring. A found-poetry zine is also in the works.