Lists of Writer’s Groups

Here is a listing of a sampling of local in-person and online writers’ groups. Simenauer & Green Literary Agency doesn’t endorse any of these groups, since it has no direct experience with them. The list, a current version of which can be found online, will give writers an idea of some of the resources available to them.

Caveat:  Be sure to carefully check out the group of your choice before joining, especially before placing your complete manuscript online, allowing a stranger to read it and before paying any money. Ask for references and attend meetings if possible.

Happy hunting!

 Local Writers Groups

  • The Alamo Writers Unlimited is a local San Antonio, Texas writers group that meets regularly and puts on a local writers conference.
  • Austin Christian Writers’ Guild holds quarterly full-day workshops in Austin, Texas, has monthly critique group meetings, and is active via email.
  • Colorado Authors League is a Colorado’s oldest professional writers’ organization (est. 1931) Check their web site for details of events and other information.
  • The Federation of British Columbia Writers is an organization with a variety resources for the Canadian writer in British Columbia.
  • The Heartland Writers Guild is a Missouri based group that has monthly meetings, a newsletter and sponsors a major writers conference.
  • The Missouri Writers’ Guild was established in 1917 and is the statewide professional writing organization for Missouri and Missouri-affiliated writers of all genres. They describe themselves as having 10 chapters located throughout the state, all who meet regularly, and in addition to meetings, hold workshops, contests, give readings, etc.  They also both a contest and an annual writing conference.
  • Maryland Writer’s Association is a Maryland based group that offers services as diverse as critique groups, publications, contests and special events, an annual conference and more.
  • The North Carolina Writer’s Network is an organization that brings together poets, fiction writers, essayists, playwrights, technical writers, and journalists of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels.
  • The Oklahoma Writers Group is a web site in progress as well as a local group with progressively more information available on line.
  • The Panhandle Professional Writers describe themselves as one of the oldest writing groups in the nation, formed in 1920, based in the Texas Panhandle. They also have a variety of links and a local writing conference.
  • The Pen and Brush Club is a 100 years old organization of professional women in the arts — writers, painters, sculptors, musicians, and artists in craft. Located at 16 East 10 Street, in New York City, they have a variety of events posted on their web site.
  • Professional Writers of Prescott is a local writers group that includes published and unpublished writers of fiction and non-fiction in the Prescott, Arizona area. They publish a newsletter and have regular meetings.
  • Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers is a Colorado based group with the goal of helping established and aspiring writers of novel length fiction. They have classes, regular meetings, critique groups and an annual writer conference.
  • The Rhode Island Writers and Journalists Society describe themselves as a non-profit forum and community of writers, journalists, and photographers from RI and beyond. Contests, posted works, photos and more.
  • Southbay Writers Group in the San Francisco Bay area began with a meeting of Jack London, poet George Sterling and short story writer Herman Whitaker. It now numbers 18 chapters and counting.
  • The 6 Foot Ferret Writing Group Home Page is the how to start your own writers’ group helper page authored by a group that has been operating since 1989.
  • Tulsa Christian Writer’s Club was founded in 1981. It offers speakers, six bi-monthly workshops, a critique group, an eight-page monthly newsletter, mentoring, resources, an on-line newsletter, as well as a newly-established mail list.
  • The Squirrel Hill Writing Group is a Pittsburgh based writing group that meets in the Squirrel Hill Branch of the Carnagie Library.
  • The Writer’s Center is more than just a writers’ group, with a writers and editors registry, workshops and a host of other resources on their web site and in their facility in the Washington D.C. area.
  • Writer’s Cramp is a Seattle/Tacoma writing group that has been meeting for a number of years.
  • Writer’s Garret is a full-featured group with a broad range of services for writers in the north Texas area. The site is also the home for Twigan online literary magazine that will publish selected prose and poetry by The Writer’s Garret members only.

Online Writers Groups

  • Aylad’s Writing Group is an email critique online group. Her site also has a variety of other resources, including extensive agent listing.
  • Bobette Bryan’s Silver Quill Fiction Writers’ Forum is an online Delphi Discussion group. You will need to log in the first time to begin participating.
  • BOOST is an online community of children’s writers specializing in forming critique groups for new and experienced writers. BOOST also provides a forum, magazine and book publisher guidelines, contests, a forum, articles about writing and more. Membership is free.
  • Christian Writers Group Homepage is a geocities community site with resources and encouragement for Christian writers that include forums and other resources.
  • Coffeehouse for Writers is a number of things, including resources, for-pay workshops and free critique groups. Most of this handled through mailing lists.
  • Comedy Screenwriting Discussion Group is an e-groups mailing list with associated e-groups page for those interested in comedy screenwriting.
  • Critique Circle is a free-to-join writing forum where both new and experienced writers can post their work online and receive critiques from other members, as well as offer critiques on other work posted. Handy tools to help writers are also available, as well as a forum for discussion with members.
  • Critique Partners Connections attempts to match writers with critique partners. You are charged $15 to be added to the database.
  • 4-Writers.Com and Writers’ Village University is a combination of free areas and an online writers’ group with an annual membership fee.
  • Fantasy Writer’s Outlet is an online critique area with an emphasis on fantasy.
  • Futuristic, Fantasy, and Paranormal (FFP) Chapter of Romance Writers of America focus is helping those interested in more speculative themes for romance and helping those writers to get published.
  • The Internet Writers Guild is an online free service for those who have used the Internet in general and the web in particular to publish their works and those of others.
  • The Internet Writing Workshop has a get-serious workshop approach that might appeal to those who need some motivation and structure.
  • Mystic Visions is an online community for writers of speculative romance. This could be a possible useful resource for any interested in SF and fantasy romance, psychic romance or cross-time romances.
  • The National Association of Women Writers describe themselves as being founded in Jan. 2001 to support, encourage, entertain, motivate, and inspire women writers. NAWW offers a FREE weekly inspirational/how-to e-magazine, an online Member Portfolio, a Member Publications page, a bimonthly printed WRITER’S GUIDE, Daily Inspiration, a Writer’s Online Library.
  • NovelDoc is the web presence for a mailing list that concentrates on revising and critiquing completed novels of 60,000 words or more.
  • Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror is the successor to the Del Rey Digital Writing Workshop and now has a free one-month trial and then an annual fee to belong to the workshop.They also have the Online Writing Workshop for Romance which is currently a free workshop while they build up membership.
  • The Imaginaries is a global writer’s cooperative for science fiction, fantasy and horror and also a group that shares stories via the web and solicits critiques as well as many other roles.
  • The Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop is a by mail critique workshop and newsletter that costs $15 for the newsletter and $5 for membership in the workshop. It has been around since 1980.
  • The Science Fiction Writers Workshop is an AOL based writers workshop concentrating on science fiction. They include free critique areas, chat rooms and more.
  • Screenwriters – Producers Welcome describes itself as a virtual meeting place where spec screenplay writers and producers do lunch. What this means is a simple, virtually graphic-less message board where writers, producers and others can leave requests.
  • SFRT on the Web is an ongoing online community for readers and writers of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Of particularly interest is their Writers Workshop.
  • Wolfrunners is an online community for women writers and artists working in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Their goal is to encourage members to form lasting ties, both professional and personal, to aid in the conceptualization, composition, and marketing of their work. Works-in-progress may be offered for critique, new markets and submission tips shared, and ideas bounced off people who can understand the life and mind of the writer: other writers in that genre.
  • Women Who Write is an AOL based writers’ group with a website with a wealth of links and a schedule of meeting times for AOL chats at the Jugglers chat room.
  • Yahoo’s Writing Workshop List also has resources.

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