How to host an articles club

12 September 2016

About a year ago, I posted here about the articles club my friend Stephanie and I were starting. I’m happy to say that our experiment has been a success! We’ve met almost every month since, and the discussion (and snacks, and company) has been great. I thought I’d share a few tips we’ve learned since October, as well as a few of the articles we’ve read! They’re worth looking into whether or not you’re part of a club.

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Find a co-host. It’s nice to share the responsibility of finding articles, sending out details, and starting discussion!

Have snacks. We meet at 7:30, so we ask everyone to bring a savory snack, a dessert, or a drink. Since we usually meet at my house, I try to make a warm and more substantial offering, like a hot dip, pigs in a blanket (my favorite!), or samosas. It’s the perfect excuse to try out new Pinterest recipes :)

Gather a group. We’ve met with as few as four ladies and as many as fifteen, but I’d say the ideal number is between six and eight.

Choose your articles. Stephanie and I have each picked the articles a few times, and a number of other gals have shared favorites, too. We choose 2-3 articles on a particular subject for each meeting, and the leader usually comes prepared with a few questions or thought-provoking lines from the articles to start us off. Here are a few of the topics we’ve covered:

Family
The Myth of Quality Time
The Family Stories That Bind Us
Motherhood, Screened Off

Friendship
Friends of a Certain Age
Why It’s Smart to Court Your Friends
How Friendships Change in Adulthood

Food
A High Price for Healthy Food
What Food Says About Class in America
Why are Millenials so Obsessed with Food?

Relationships
The Questions that Will Save Your Relationships
Those Aren’t Fighting Words, Dear
Love Languages

Kids and Tech
Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Kids Say
How I Protect My Family on Instagram

Stuff
Downsizing the American Dream
Stuffocation
How Far Can Amazon Go?

Etiquette
A Last Bastion of Civility, the South, Sees Manners Decline
27 Etiquette Rules for Our Times
How to Be Polite

Sound like fun? We’re always happy to welcome new gals, so if you’re into snacking, chatting, and reading and live in the Triangle, we’d love to meet you! Just send me an email :)

7 Responses to “How to host an articles club”

  1. Elizabeth

    I love this idea. Do you think this club is for people who aren’t aquainted with one another only? My neighborhood has a girl’s night once a month and thought this would be fun.

  2. Em

    Hey Elizabeth! I think it would be wonderful with people who already know each other!

  3. I have simply loved our monthly articles club, and I’m so glad we decided to go for it!! See you tomorrow! xoxox

  4. I so wish I could come! The articles and topics all look fabulous! I’ll have to read them! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Ellie

    I love this idea. I can’t wait to read these articles. Thank you for sharing them!

  6. I’ve read a couple of the articles – all very interesting, thank you for the links! I think discussing them with others is a great idea. I can’t think of enough people to make a group but I sent one of the articles to a friend who I thought would be interested.

  7. Kelly

    I am loving reading through all these articles. I would be so interested in reading more of the ones your group reads. They’re so interesting and thought provoking. : ) Thanks for sharing!