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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September 17, 2022: Jeff Higgins

Jeffrey James Higgins is a former reporter and retired supervisory special agent who writes thriller novelsshort storiescreative nonfiction, and essays. He has wrestled a suicide bomber, fought the Taliban in combat, and chased terrorists across five continents. He received both the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Heroism and the DEA Award of Valor.

Jeffrey has been interviewed by CNN, New York Times, Fox News, Investigation Discovery, Declassified, and USA Today. He has won numerous literary awards, including the PenCraft Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year and a Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal. Jeffrey is a #1 Amazon bestselling author.

Location: Peterborough Town Library


October 15, 2022: Three-Minute Fiction Slam

Emily Robbins-Sharpe

Monadnock Writers’ Group’s annual Three-Minute Fiction Slam will take place at our October meeting! Bring your best flash fiction and be sure read it in three minutes or less! Judges will be novelist Linda Warren and Keene State English Department Chair Emily Robbins-Sharpe.

Linda Warren

This event is open to all, no entry fee. The winners will advance to the state level of competition sponsored by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. For more information about flash fiction, please go to: https://nhwritersproject.org.

Location: Peterborough Town Library


November 19, 2022: Susie Spikol

Naturalist Susie Spikol‘s writing has appeared consistently in Northern Woodlands magazine and several of her essays have been featured in environmental educator and author David Sobel’s books. Look for her essays in Taproot Magazine and the Center for Humans and Nature magazine, Minding Nature. She is a regular contributor to the column “Backyard Nature” in her local paper, The Monadnock Ledger Transcript in Peterborough, NH. For over 25 years, Susie has been a contributor to the Harris Center for Conservation Education’s newsletter, The Hearsay. Her new children’s book, The Animal Adventurer’s Guide, will be released in September 2022 from Roost Books and will be available on Amazon and at local booksellers. https://susiespikol.com/the-animal-adventurers-guide/

Location: Peterborough Town Library


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


February 18, 2023: TBA


March 18, 2023: TBA


April 15, 2023: TBA


May 20, 2023: TBA


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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