The South Jersey Writers' Group is currently closed to new members. We will open to new membership again in the fall of 2013. If you'd like to receive notification when we open again, send an email using the "Contact" link in the left sidebar.
To grow the writing community in South Jersey.
To provide opportunities for members to develop the craft of writing.
To inspire members to achieve their writing goals by providing new challenges and support.
To educate members about the business of writing and the publishing industry.
To promote the work of our members, and a love of literacy in South Jersey.
To become the premier resource for writers in South Jersey.
We believe that every person has a story to tell.
We believe that professional writers set goals, and reaching goals is a pathway to success.
We believe that a writing community inspires, supports, and celebrates both aspiring and professional writers.
The South Jersey Writers' Group was founded in 2007 to provide networking and development opportunities for local writers. Meetings are held regularly for topic-based discussion about the craft of writing and the publishing industry. Some of our members are published, some are working on it, others just write for themselves. We are all ages, all genres, all backgrounds, and all levels of experience. You are welcome to attend and participate and share as much or as little as you are comfortable with.
General Meetings -- Third Thursdays
Our monthly meetings are the best way to get started with our group. The monthly meeting is a topic-based discussion. Our topics generally fall under four categories: Craft, the Publishing Industry, Inspiration/Life of the Writer, and Marketing for Authors. Our meetings conclude with half-hour "breakout sessions," small focus groups about one smaller topic or theme. Members of the group lead these sessions; contact Krista if you would like to lead a discussion. You can also contribute and vote for General Meeting topic ideas on the Discussion Board.
A critique session is focused on an in-depth review of some of the works of our group members. Space is limited to five or six people, and each piece to be critiqued is distributed ahead of time. You must be prepared for this session. If you'd be interested in hosting a critique session, please contact Dawn.
A write-in is a chance for writers to gather with their laptops or old-school pen and paper to just write and write. Designate your writing time and get away from your at-home distractions. Folks from the NaNoWriMo world are familiar with this concept. There are no leaders, no discussion, just brief introductions and writing time. And coffee. If you're interested in hosting one of these, you can "Suggest a Meetup" on the home page, fill in the date, time, and location, and we'll post it for you!
For existing and new bloggers on any topic, as well as writers interested in developing a blog and a social media presence to publicize their books. This is an opportunity to tweak your existing blog, plan and schedule posts, or to get started with blogging, Twitter, etc. A computer is essential for this session. It's a chatty, social time, and we share each others' blogrolls and discuss social media and marketing techniques.
A "workshop" for our group is a little discussion, a lot of writing focused on a particular element of the craft of storytelling. Examples: character development, making a sub-plot map, writing a timeline, dialogue, etc. These are all-day sessions and there are usually assignments and preparation to be done ahead of time. But you work on YOUR stories and topics of interest. Please contact Amy if you have an idea for a Workshop and you would be interested in leading. (If you're not interested in leading, you can post your ideas on the Discussion Board, and we can pick it up from there.)
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night is where writers read their work out loud to an audience. Good for anyone preparing for a book signing.....! Open Mic Night is also an opportunity to see how your story sounds when read out loud, and is a great chance to socialize and network with the other writers in the group.
A weekend for you to get away from home and hole up in a cabin to write, a la Thoreau, although unfortunately ours are for a weekend, not an entire season. We host one in November for National Novel Writing Month, and one in the spring, and may also add a summer session.
If you have another idea for a writerly type gathering, let your organizers know!