I was in the CWC the other day and we started talking about the early days of the Environmental Writing Group, when Melissa and I would sit at an empty table and talk for two hours, waiting for a writer to show up. We spent six months as a group with two mentors and no writers. I was pretty sure we were never going to advance beyond that. Now, four or five years have passed and we have a solid group of writers who also happen to be some of my favorite people to spend time with. We have taken trips together, read each others work, laughed, and solved many of the worlds problems through our collective brilliance!
For those mentors who are in that spot, sitting at empty tables waiting for writers to show, don't give up!