Local writing groups

Update: October 2017

The writing groups mentioned in this post are currently not meeting at the scheduled times/places.

They will be revived if there is interest from enough MWG members. Potential meeting sites include Greenfield Library, Jaffrey Civic Center, Jaffrey Library, and Peterborough Town Library. If you are interested in participating, send an email to the MWG address: monadnockwriters@gmail.com

Are you looking for a designated time and space to write in the company of other writers? Then check out these groups that have been started by several MWG members.

Several days a week from 3:00 to 5:00, writers gather to work on their individual projects. These are excellent opportunities to dedicate time for your personal writing project in the company and support of motivated writers. A discussion of what attendees have written may follow the writing time.

Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield: On Tuesdays, writers work on their individual projects at the lower level of the Stephenson Memorial Library, Greenfield, NH, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Coffee and Wi-Fi  are available.  Location is the lower room, with walk-in entrance on the back side of the library. If you find the door locked, just ask one of the librarians on the main floor to unlock it for you. The library posts notice of closings due to weather or other reasons on their Facebook page and on WMUR.

Jaffrey Civic Center: On Wednesdays, writers work on their individual projects in the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Wi-Fi is also available.  New attendees should contact Karen Ayers (dancecab@yahoo.com ) to be on the list to be notified in case of cancellation.

Note: The writing group started at the Peterborough Town Library no longer meets.

Thank you to the Stephenson Memorial Library and the Jaffrey Civic Center for providing the space for these writing times! And thanks to Nori Odoi and Carl Mabbs-Zeno for setting up these opportunities for writing with other writers.

New publication from Roberta Visser

New publication from MWG member

Birds Are Calling, Elov! Elov!  poems by Roberta Visser,  illustrated by Rachel Halper

These poems let you explore what it means to belong. In this book, Roberta Visser speaks to her new grandson, Ezra, meditating on meaning, belonging, and uncertainties of faith. At times she asks about the mystical, and at others tells him playful stories. Interwoven are poems reflecting on nature, the unknowable path he will take and the legacy of her parents who prepared for her family’s visits and welcomed her children as if with their breath … that Ezra, is the dust of stars, implanted in code, and passed from generation to generation not so much out of need, but out of desire.

Robert Visser will be reading at the Keene Toadstool on November 6th at 2:00 p.m., and at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Avenue in Keene on November 13th at 3:00 p.m.

Children’s Literature Festival, Keene, October 29th

Next Saturday, October 29th, the Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival is celebrating their 40th anniversary. Since 1978, the Festival has brought readers, writers, illustrators and publishers of children’s books together in an on-going conversation about the past, present, and future of this important literary genre. There will be five speakers giving presentations about their writing and creative process. You can learn more about the conference and register online:


Registration deadline is October 23rd.

Do you have questions or comments about the Children’s Literature Festival? Please contact Festival Director, Dr. David E. White.

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Benefit for the Poetry Society of New Hampshire

A Granite State Evening With Poet Laureates:

  • Chard deNiord, Vermont Poet Laureate
  • Alice Fogel, New Hampshire Poet Laureate
  • Sydney Lea, Vermont Poet Laureate emeritus

at The Common Man Restaurant, Plymouth, N.H.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 7:45 p.m.

Complimentary music by N.H. poet/musician Bob Moore

Benefit for the Poetry Society of New Hampshire’s Walter Butts Poet Laureate Fund, (a 501 (c)3 charitable organization) $20 suggested donation (all goes toward the endowment).

Reserve your seat now: 603-525-4715

Limited seating, pre-talk, private dinner and music with the laureates, 6 p.m.

For dinner prices with three laureates call Rodger Martin, 603-525-4715.


National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month is a free, annual, Internet-based creatve writing project that challenges participants to write 50,000 words from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59 PM on November 30. Sign up at http://nanowrimo.org. The website provides participants with tips and an online community of support.

Come work on your NaNoWriMo novel at Greenfield’s Stephenson Memorial Library!  It is a registered write-in location for NaNoWriMo.  All writers are invited to this welcoming space to “write-in” while enjoying free WI-Fi and free coffee or tea.

Stephenson Memorial Library
761 Forest Road
Greenfield, NH 03047

Library Hours:

Tuesday 2- 6 pm — QUIET hours, fondly called Shush-day!

Wednesday 10 am – 8 pm

Thursday 2 – 8 pm

Friday 2 – 6 pm

Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

For more information, contact Julie Perrin at the Stephenson Memorial Library, 603-547-2790 or email director@stephensonlibrary.org.