Monthly Meetings & Guest Speakers

The Monadnock Writers’ Group will meet on the third Saturday of each month from September 2021 through June 2022. Our meetings begin at 9:45 and continue to about 11:45.

Note: We are hoping to once again meet in person at the newly renovated Peterborough Town Library. Masks will be required; we will return to virtual format if necessary. Please refer back to this web page for any changes as we get closer to each meeting date.

Also, notice of meeting cancellation due to weather is posted on this web page.


Meeting Format

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.

Past speakers have included journalists, novelists and short-story writers, copyright lawyers, editors and publishers, poets, and children’s authors. A question and answer period follows each presentation, leading to a spirited exchange of ideas. Occasionally, panel discussions take the place of a speaker.

There are read-arounds held twice a year, in December and June, at which members share their short works in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Occasionally, events are held at other locations, providing an opportunity for workshops and public readings.


Guest Speakers

September 18, 2021: Celia Rabinowitz

Family, documents, silence, and history: Writing about ourselves and others

Photo of Celia RabinowitzCelia Rabinowitz is Dean of Mason Library and Interim Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Celia has a BA in Classics & Religious Studies from Beloit College, MA in Religious Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, PhD in Theology from Fordham University, and a MLS from Rutgers University. She joined Keene State College in 2014. Mason Library includes Special Collections and Archives which include collections connected to the Holocaust, New Hampshire poets, the filmmaker Louis de Rochement, and other social justice materials. She participated in the recent trip to China organized by the Monadnock Pastoral Poets & Writers group, has helped organize recent teach-ins on the Keene campus, and is an avid runner.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Masks are required at the library.


October 16, 2021: MacDowell Fellows

For the fifth year, Monadnock Writers’ Group will meet at MacDowell, thanks to the generosity of the MacDowell staff and the willingness of two current writers in residence to share their process and work with us.

DIRECTIONS: Driving directions from the Peterborough Town Hall (the Intersection of Grove Street and Main Street) to MacDowell, 100 High Street, Peterborough. (Total distance from Town Hall to MacDowell is ONE mile.)

From the intersection of Grove and Main Streets:

  • Go WEST on Main Street for 2/10 mile to VINE Street.
  • Turn RIGHT on VINE Street then an IMMEDIATE LEFT onto HIGH Street.
  • In 3/10 mile the road forks; STAY RIGHT AT THE FORK, STAY on HIGH Street.
  • In 4/10 mile MacDowell is on the LEFT. TURN LEFT to parking.

WHERE TO PARK: Parking will be in the main lot along the pine trees off High Street, with some parking available at the Library located to the left behind the main building.

Location: James Baldwin Library on the MacDowell campus, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

MacDowell requires proof of COVID vaccination for all attendees.


November 20, 2021: Bonnar Spring

Novelist Bonnar Spring learned to read in kindergarten and never stopped. Her second novel, Disappeared, is due out from Oceanview Publishing in September 2021. Ms. Spring writes eclectic and stylish mystery-suspense novels with an international flavor. An inveterate traveler, she hitchhiked across Europe at sixteen and joined the Peace Corps after college. For twenty-five years, Bonnar has been teaching ESL—English as a Second Language—at a community college. She currently divides her time between tiny houses in NH and Abaco.

Location: Peterborough Town Library


December 18: 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 15, 2022: Timothy Boudreau

The Craft of Writing Short Stories

Photo of Timothy BoudreauTimothy Boudreau lives in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire with his wife, Judy. His recent work appears in MonkeyBicycle, New World Writing, Retreat West, Ellipsis, and X-R-A-Y, and has been nominated for Best Microfiction and the Pushcart Prize. His collection Saturday Night and other Short Stories is available through Hobblebush Books.

Find him on Twitter at @tcboudreau or at timothyboudreau.com.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Note: This page will be updated as additional guest speakers are confirmed for 2022. 


Writers’ Night Out

In addition to our monthly meetings, in normal times, we host a “Writers’ Night Out” the first Monday of each month at Brady’s American Grill, Peterborough, but sadly, this event is on hold due to COVID-19.  We hope to resume our Writers Night Out events soon–please watch for updates on this website, our Facebook page, or subscribe to our mailing list at monadnockwriters@gmail.com.

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