Ooo! I just thought of another option! Do you have anything published at all? It doesn't even had to be in the children's area . . .
I have quite a few poems published, but no book of my own. I went to the local primary schools and offered to do workshops with the kids on writing haiku (I had a craft that went with it, and the 4t6-5th class kids really loved it). Anyway, the first year, I did it in exchange for a letter of recommendation (I was trying to get residency). The next year, I was paid for doing younger workshops (I targeted the junior and senior infants classses at Christmas -- it involved another craft that let the kids get "hands on" with the words).
Anyway, because I did these workshops with the kids (and because kids, teachers and administration were happy with them), I went to the local secondary school and asked about teaching an adult writing class in the evenings. I don't have teaching credentials, but I had "expertise" in a field that interested them. I did that for a year, too. Even though i was the "teacher," I ran it like a workshop. Some of the people in the class were extremely talented, and we had some good fun (I can't remember how to spell "crack" right! AHHH!).
Don't lose hope in finding a writing community, though. It can be a very solitary thing at times, but there are so many people around you with the same love of words. You just have to make contact.