Fiction Slam Regional Hosted by MWG

The Monadnock Writers’ Group will host a regional Fiction Slam on Saturday, February 11 at 10:00 in the Peterborough Town Library. The winner of the Monadnock contest qualifies for the finals. Click here to read about the finals in April.

How does the event work? 

  • Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
  • After each writer is done, judges privately record a numeric score out of five. One point over-all will be deducted if an author goes over the allotted three minutes.
  • We are pleased to have established local writers Jack Hitchner and Linda Warren as our judges.

Come to hear creative voices from our community!

Come to be a creative voice!

There is no admission fee.

NHWP Fiction Slam on April 5th

The New Hampshire Writers’ Project is sponsoring another Three Minute Fiction Slam this winter. The Slam is a fast paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of a panel of judges. This year’s regional winners will gather for a final showdown at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on April 5. For more information of the statewide event, go to:

Past winners have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to Writers’ Day (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read the winning work in before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.

Click here to read about the regional Fiction Slam round on February 11th, hosted by the Monadnock Writers’ Group.

Local writing groups

Are you looking for a designated time and space to write in the company of other writers? Then check out these groups that have been started by several MWG members.

Several days a week from 3:00 to 5:00, writers gather to work on their individual projects. These are excellent opportunities to dedicate time for your personal writing project in the company and support of motivated writers. A discussion of what attendees have written may follow the writing time.

Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield: On Tuesdays, writers work on their individual projects at the lower level of the Stephenson Memorial Library, Greenfield, NH, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Coffee and Wi-Fi  are available.  Location is the lower room, with walk-in entrance on the back side of the library. If you find the door locked, just ask one of the librarians on the main floor to unlock it for you. The library posts notice of closings due to weather or other reasons on their Facebook page and on WMUR.

Jaffrey Civic Center: On Wednesdays, writers work on their individual projects in the Jaffrey Civic Center, 40 Main Street, Jaffrey at 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Wi-Fi is also available.  New attendees should contact Karen Ayers ( ) to be on the list to be notified in case of cancellation.

Note: The writing group started at the Peterborough Town Library no longer meets.

Thank you to the Stephenson Memorial Library and the Jaffrey Civic Center for providing the space for these writing times! And thanks to Nori Odoi and Carl Mabbs-Zeno for setting up these opportunities for writing with other writers.

New publication from Roberta Visser

New publication from MWG member

Birds Are Calling, Elov! Elov!  poems by Roberta Visser,  illustrated by Rachel Halper

These poems let you explore what it means to belong. In this book, Roberta Visser speaks to her new grandson, Ezra, meditating on meaning, belonging, and uncertainties of faith. At times she asks about the mystical, and at others tells him playful stories. Interwoven are poems reflecting on nature, the unknowable path he will take and the legacy of her parents who prepared for her family’s visits and welcomed her children as if with their breath … that Ezra, is the dust of stars, implanted in code, and passed from generation to generation not so much out of need, but out of desire.

Robert Visser will be reading at the Keene Toadstool on November 6th at 2:00 p.m., and at Congregation Ahavas Achim, 84 Hastings Avenue in Keene on November 13th at 3:00 p.m.

Children’s Literature Festival, Keene, October 29th

Next Saturday, October 29th, the Keene State College Children’s Literature Festival is celebrating their 40th anniversary. Since 1978, the Festival has brought readers, writers, illustrators and publishers of children’s books together in an on-going conversation about the past, present, and future of this important literary genre. There will be five speakers giving presentations about their writing and creative process. You can learn more about the conference and register online:

Registration deadline is October 23rd.

Do you have questions or comments about the Children’s Literature Festival? Please contact Festival Director, Dr. David E. White.

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