Columbia Writers is a close-knit group of dedicated writers and authors from all over the Balto-DC metro area. We take pride in each others' work and our shared goal is to encourage the work into its best possible version with the end goal of publication. All fiction genres are welcomed—we do not critique non-fiction or poetry.

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Basic FAQ:
- 20/20 Critique Group (10 attendees): 2 writers submit up to 20 pages each. Prior attendance required before volunteering to submit. 20/20 IS THE SUGGESTED FIRST MEET FOR NEW MEMBERS.
- Small Group Critique (5 attendees): Every attendee submits up to 10 pages. Open to all.
- Novel in 6: Meets monthly for 6 months toward the goal of each member completing a novel. We work on pitches, first 5 pages, plot & character development, outlines, etc.
- As a group, we have published two anthologies currently available on Amazon: Bistro Bites andTrapped Tales.
- Extra events such as workshops, beta swaps, write-ins, conferences, etc.
- Awesome holiday parties, socials, and an annual retreat. Starving writers unite!

New members are welcome to apply provided they are able to regularly participate; click on 'join us' to complete the application questions. Please answer all 5 questions fully so we can determine if CW is a good fit for you. A photograph of yourself (i.e. headshot) is requested so we can look for you at your first meet. Also, look for us on Facebook at and  Twitter at

~ Columbia Writers

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Upcoming Meetups

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015 7:00 PM

    Small Group Critique

    5 Writers attending
  • Tuesday, September 8, 2015 7:00 PM

    WD Short Story Contest - 3rd critique

    2 Writers attending
  • Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:00 PM

    20/20 Critique Meet

    7 Writers attending
  • Thursday, September 17, 2015 7:00 PM

    YA/MG Intensive Act 1 Critique

    6 Writers attending
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:00 PM

    Small Group Critique

    3 Writers attending
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2015 7:00 PM

    Getting started with SCREENWRITING

    3 Writers attending
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