Meetings & Speakers

Meeting Time & Format

The Monadnock Writers’ Group meets on the third Saturday of each month from September through June. Our meetings begin at 9:45 and continue to about 11:45. We meet at the Peterborough Town Library unless noted otherwise.

A typical agenda features informal mingling over refreshments, a call to order, group introductions, brief announcements, our 10-minute reader, and the featured guest speaker. There are read-arounds held twice a year, usually in December and June, at which members share their short works in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Occasionally, events are held at different locations than the library, providing an opportunity for workshops and public readings.


Guest Speakers

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December 17, 2022: Biannual Members Read-Around

At our December meeting, members of the Monadnock Writers’ Group will read excerpts of their own work for up to ten minutes each. Every year, this is an inspirational opportunity to enjoy the creative talents of our members. The public is welcome to attend.

Location: Peterborough Town Library


January 21, 2023: James Patrick Kelly

Photo by Bill Clemente

James Patrick Kelly has won the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards.  His newest project is King of the Dogs, Queen of the Cats, a short novel coming in January 2020 from Subterranean Press. His most recent publication is the collection, The Promise of Spacepublished in 2018 from Prime Books. His novel Mother Go was an Audible Original in 2017 .  In 2016, Centipede Press published a career retrospective in its Masters of Science Fiction series entitled James Patrick Kelly, Master of Science Fiction.  He has published over a hundred stories and his fiction has been translated into eighteen languages.  With John Kessel he is co-editor of Digital Rapture: The Singularity Anthology,  Kafkaesque: Stories Inspired by Franz KafkaThe Secret History Of Science Fiction, Feeling Very Strange: The Slipstream Anthology and Rewired: The Post Cyberpunk Anthology.  He writes a column on the internet for Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and recently retired from faculty of the Stonecoast Creative Writing MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine where he taught for fifteen years.

Location: Peterborough Town Library


June 17, 2023: Biannual Members Read-Around

At our June meeting, members of the Monadnock Writers’ Group will read excerpts of their own work for up to ten minutes each. Every year, this is an inspirational opportunity to enjoy the creative talents of our members. The public is welcome to attend.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

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