Meetings

MWG monthly meetings are free of charge and open to the public.

To receive the  ZOOM link for virtual meetings, please JOIN OUR MAILING LIST or email Carl at monadnockwriters@gmail.com

Open Writing Sessions

All Open Writing Sessions are temporarily suspended due to the closure of our local libraries during  COVID-19. Please check for updates as the situation continues to evolve.

Writers’ Night Out is Paused for the Pandemic

Writers’ Night Out is a custom throughout New Hampshire to provide a monthly social gathering of writers. Writers Night Out has been suspended in Peterborough and elsewhere due to restrictions of the COVID crisis. Please stay tuned!

Three-Minute Fiction Slam

Join us for our local heat of the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, organized by New Hampshire Writers’ Project, on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 10 am, by Zoom. To participate by listening or reading, connect on February 6 at 9:45 via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88374909851 .

Monthly Writers’ Group Meetings (by Zoom)

As of November 2020, our monthly meetings have been moved back to   Zoom for due to the evolving COVID situation in New Hampshire. To receive the  ZOOM link for our virtual meetings, please JOIN OUR MAILING LIST by emailing monadnockwriters@gmail.com.

We plan to move back to the Peterborough Town Library when it reopens after its substantial renovation, possibly when our next program year begins in September 2021. The Speaker Series is open to the public and free of charge. Our speakers are instructive and inspirational for writers of all literary forms, genres, and levels of experience.

Meetings begin at 9:45 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month from September through June.


February 20: Rebecca Rule 

Rebecca Rule is a writer, humorist, and storyteller. She hosted the New Hampshire Authors Series for ten years on NHPTV and now hosts Our Hometown on NHPTV. She’s been telling stories in New England, especially NH, for more than thirty years. Hasn’t visited every town in the Granite State, but most — speaking at libraries, historical societies, church groups, and charitable organizations. She likes collecting stories because “they’re free and you don’t have to dust them.” Author of a dozen books, her latest is That Reminds Me of a Funny Story, from Hobblebush Press.

March 20: Amy MacDonald

Amy MacDonald is an award-winning children’s book author, speaker, and teacher. Her books have been translated into 28 languages, and are acclaimed worldwide. Her entertaining writing presentations and workshops delight students and professionals of all ages.

Trained as a teacher in arts integration by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Amy brings more than 20 years of experience to her school visits and professional development; any school can feel confident that, in her visit, they are getting an experienced educator as well as an acclaimed author.’
April 17: Marit Wiesenberg

Marit Wiesenberg has a master’s degree from UCLA in Cinema and Media Studies and worked as a film and television executive for a number of years. She is the author of three highly acclaimed YA novels: Select and Select Few and The Insomniacs, which was  Nominated to ALA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults List in 2019. Originally from the Bay Area, Marit attended Bowdoin College and currently lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and two daughters.

May 15: Publisher’s Panel  

Three publishers of MWG writers (Hobblebush, Bauhan and Khotso) will describe what they need from writers to get their work published and will bring out some of the different approaches that fit particular writers. You will have a chance to bring your questions to gain from their experience.

June 19: Read-Around

At the June event, members of the Monadnock Writers’ Group will read excerpts of their own work up to ten minutes each. Every year this is an inspirational opportunity to enjoy the creative talents of our members. This intriguing visit with fellow writers will be online via Zoom at the usual link for monthly meetings. The public is welcome to attend.


Previous Speakers & Events

January 16, 2021: Changfu Chang

Changfu Chang is a U.S.-based writer and filmmaker. Over the past two decades, he has produced and co-produced a dozen acclaimed documentary films. His recent releases continue his decade-long series exploring Chinese culture, politics, and international transracial adoption, and have been screened extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Australia.

A native of Jiangsu Province, China, Changfu began his career in television in the early 1990s when he started working as a writer and director in the Documentary Department at a major Chinese television network. Aside from being an independent filmmaker producing human-interest stories with a U.S.-China focus, he has also served as a consultant on several international film projects and frequently given public lectures. He currently teaches at Millersville State University and lives in Maryland where he enjoys reading, writing, travel, and photography.

February 6, 2021: Three Minute Fiction Contest

  imageStart writing your short fiction now! This popular event is returning in 2021, both to the Monadnock area and state-wide. The NH Writers Project has not yet announced its schedule for a state-wide contest but MWG is sponsoring a preliminary round on February 6, 2021. We have prizes for the best three entries.

To enter, you must read an original story via Zoom on February 6, 2021. Of course, it should take no more than three minutes to read. Two judges from outside the MWG will comment on entries and select the best. To participate by listening or reading, connect on February 6 at 9:45 via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88374909851 . You may participate by telephone by calling 1 (312) 626-6799 and giving the Meeting ID: 883 7490 9851.  If you wish to read for this event, let us know when you join the call. Just give us your name and the title of your piece.

Meetings usually last until 11:45 a.m.

Meeting Format

A typical agenda features informal mingling over member-provided 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.

Notice of meeting cancellation due to weather is posted on our Web site.

Meetings