Local writing groups

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.

MWG’s April Workshop Meeting

The Writers Workshop

April 23, 2016 at 10 am
 Escape Hatch Books
 Main Street, Jaffrey

The workshop topic for April is preparing a brief writers biography that can be used when submitting a query of a draft to an agent, publisher or periodical.  The bio can support the submission by helping show why the writer is the right person to do the proposed project.

Workshop participants should prepare a bio in advance of the meeting.  Some individuals may do multiple drafts with different emphasis and/or level of detail.  Generally a single paragraph is sufficient as part of a query or submission of work.  At the workshop we will work together to suggest improvements in the drafts.

We will also discuss the May workshop at which we will consider how to find an appropriate agent, publisher, or periodical for our work.  We will share ideas for doing an internet search and other techniques to identify the best recipients for our work.

Next MWG Workshop Meeting

MWG Workshop
Saturday, March 26, 10:00 a.m.

at Escape Hatch Books
located at 23 Main Street, Jaffrey with Yankee Magazine’s Joe Bills

Note: The MWG Workshop meetings in Jaffrey are now open to anyone. You do not need to be an MWG member to participate.

The Monadnock Writers’ Group (MWG) is sponsoring a series of workshops for members and friends to share and discuss drafts relating to the business of getting published. The March meeting will utilize the worksheet Buzz McLaughlin introduced to the group at the February MWG meeting. Buzz uses the worksheet in his MFA class to help clarify and expand individual ideas for writing projects.

Click here to download a copy of the worksheet.

Anyone wishing to participate in the workshop should send a draft worksheet as an e-mail attachment to monadnockwriters@gmail.com, or in hard copy to Monadnock Writers’ Group, PO Box 3071, Peterborough, NH 03458.  We will circulate the drafts to everyone who expresses interest in the March meeting.

This will be a discussion of the draft worksheets so we hope everyone will read them in advance but anyone interested in writing is welcome at the event.  We are pleased to have Joe Bills, an editor from Yankee Magazine, to moderate this workshop.

First Meeting: MWG Members’ Workshop

MWG Members’ Workshop
January 23, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Escape Hatch Books
23 Main Street, Jaffrey

The Monadnock Writers’ Group is starting a series of workshops for members to share and discuss drafts relating to the business of getting published. Our first session will look at writing a cover letter to solicit support from a literary agent or publisher for any type of submission: book, magazine, etc. Escape Hatch Books is one block west of the light on Main Street in Jaffrey between the Sunflower Café and the barber shop. Free parking is available on Main, on the side streets nearby, and in the town lot.

Anyone wishing to participate in the workshop should send a draft cover letter as an e-mail attachment to monadnockwriters@gmail.com, or a hard copy to Monadnock Writers’ Group, PO Box 3071, Peterborough, NH 03458. We will circulate the drafts to everyone who expresses interest in the January meeting.

This will be a discussion of the drafts so we hope everyone will read them in advance. We are pleased to have Joe Bills, an editor from Yankee Magazine, to moderate the workshop.

MWG Members’ Workshop

For MWG members only:

Send us your feedback on an exciting MWG initiative.

At the November MWG meeting, we discussed setting up a series of workshops for members to share and discuss drafts relating to the business of getting published.  We would select a theme for the month and send drafts to the members who signed up.  We might share ideas on topics that do not require a written submission. The workshops would be facilitated by an established writer from outside the MWG.  We plan to meet on the fourth Saturday of the month beginning in January at Escape Hatch Books in Jaffrey.

Send us a note to say if you are interested and what themes you would like to explore, such as:

  • Drafting a synopsis
  • Drafting submissions to agents or publishers
  • Applying to competitions
  • Tips for public readings
  • Selecting an agent

Reply via:

New Hampshire Poetry Festival

Reserve your place today at the inaugural New Hampshire Poetry Festival! Held in historic downtown Manchester on Saturday, September 19, 2015.

http://poetrysocietyofnewhampshire.org/fest/registration.html

One all-inclusive price includes a full day of poetry:

  • Multiple Panel Discussions
  • Craft Workshops
  • Headliner Reading by former U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic
  • Open Reading (first come, first served, 5 minute limit)
  • A day spent with poets from around the country

Workshop slots are filled on a first come, first served basis, so register early!