MWG monthly meetings are free of charge and open to the public.
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 Revisited
Writers’ Night Out Revived: Writers’ Night Out is a custom throughout New Hampshire to provide a monthly social gathering of writers. It was suspended in Peterborough and elsewhere due to restrictions of the COVID crisis but is being revived and revised by MWG under the name Writers’ Night In. We will hold a Zoom meeting on the first Monday of each month, except when it conflicts with a holiday.
Our idea is to have dinner while conversing with other writers in the area. There is no program and no rules on topics – just a social gathering through a Zoom connection. We will begin on October 5 at 6:30 and expect to have the connection open until 8:00. Look for the Zoom address in the October Quill to keep in touch with what writer friends are doing and feel their encouragement on your current project.
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 2, 2019 at 10 am at The Peterborough Town Library.
Monthly Writers’ Group Meetings
With the exception of September (please see below), all meetings in 2020-2021 will be held in the beautiful upstairs room of the Mariposa Museum, located at 26 Main Street in Peterborough, just across the bridge into town.
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.
The Monadnock Writers’ Group will begin its program year on September 19 and continue on the third Saturday of each month through June 2021. Our meetings begin at 9:45 and continue to about 11:45. Public Health guidelines for small meetings during the COVID crisis, including use of facemasks and social distancing, will be carefully followed.
The first meeting of the Monadnock Writers’ Group for the 2020-21 program year will be held outdoors in Putnam Park, on Grove Street beside the Nubanusit River and the Post Office. We will have readings from Penning the Pandemic, an anthology organized and published by MWG. It includes memoir, poetry, stories and theater written in the first months of the COVID crisis by 40 authors from 6 countries, but mostly from the Monadnock Region. All are welcome; please bring a chair and wear a facemask.
If the weather is not compatible with an outdoor meeting, we will do it online using Zoom. A ll authors and MWG members will get an e-mail early on that Saturday with details on connecting to Zoom if we are going online.
Meetings begin at 9:45 a.m. on the third Saturday of the month from September through June, except for May which is held on the second Saturday in deference to Children and the Arts.
Meetings usually last until 11:45 a.m.
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.