Need a break from staring at your computer screen? Hemingway, Fitzgerald and Stein did it- they got their drink on with with fellow writers. It's your turn. Meet fellow writers and make some new literary friends!
Having trouble finding a literary community in Phoenix?
Writing without Workshops is a donation-only writing group for all adult writers.
Whether you've been writing for years or you're new to the craft, you will enjoy the company of our intelligent, passionate group members. We discuss novels, short stories, memoir, creative nonfiction, journalism, drama, screenplays--whatever.
Every month, we'll host a variety of events to encourage and support a diverse group. We'll focus on activities to keep writers writing, to explore with form, to learn from each other, and to socialize.
~Growing as writers
~Connecting with other writers. Writing is a lonely art. Come join us.
How much does it cost? For most events there is no charge. It's free! You may choose to make automatic monthly contributions ($5/month) to help defray Meetup costs, room reservations, and organizer time and effort.
Some special events, however, may have a fee.
Who can join? Anyone over the age of 21 because our writing is often not suitable for children and events may include alcohol.
What kind of writing do you discuss? Any kind of prose and scripts.
How do I get feedback for my work? There are a few possibilities here:
1) Join a meetup that runs workshops. We don't.
2) As you get to know and respect people within the group, you might ask people to read your work individually, or form a satellite critique group. This is really a good method, because you have an idea of whose opinion you are getting and you avoid the pitfalls of workshops with strangers.
3) Some events will offer the ability to share your work with a group or a partner.
Are you opposed to workshops?Why don't you have them? We're not opposed, but we know there is more to writing than workshops. There are a lot of workshops in town for a writer to choose from, but not so many that are designed to keep us writing or to keep us connected to each other. Workshops can also seem daunting at times, or discouraging. We like encouragement and support, while still remaining aware craft and gentle criticism.
Where do you meet? Wherever we are! We'll be in public spaces, for the most part--cafes, libraries, restaurants, and bars. We will generally be sticking to the Central Phoenix, South Scottsdale, and Tempe areas.
Where do I find the reading materials for the next meeting? If there is reading material for a particular event, you'll find that material under the "More" tab, and then "Files".
What if I haven't published anything? That's okay! Publishing doesn't have any bearing on whether you are a writer.
I've heard Writing without Workshops is partnered with local organizations. Is that true? Nope. Not at this time, but we'll let you know if and when that happens.
Do I have to constantly check to Meetup site to know what's going on?
We like you to RSVP here so we know we have enough seats, but we also have a website and you can get updates on activities via Twitter--Send a tweet to @robiniwrites #WritingWithoutWorkshops.
Who are you? Right now, your organizer is Robin. She has an MFA in both fiction and non-fiction writing from the University of Arizona, has studied at McNeese State, and has taught writing since 1996. She writes a lot, too.