Columbia Writers is a close-knit group of dedicated writers and authors from all over the Baltimore/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 are working to bring poetry and nonfiction programming into Columbia Writers during 2019.
We are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and safe space for all participants. We welcome writers of every race, age, culture, ability, body, ethnic origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, nationality, religion, and socioeconomic status, and we do not tolerate acts of oppression, prejudice, and discrimination. Anyone who behaves in a manner that makes others feel unsafe will be asked to leave the group.
Black lives matter.
No human is illegal.
Women's rights are human rights.
Love is love.
Basic FAQ: - 20/20 Critique Group (10 attendees): 2 writers submit up to 20 pages each and all attendees read and prepare notes on the pages. Prior attendance required before volunteering to submit.
-Hit Submit is a collection of small cohorts of writers crafting short fiction with the intent of submitting it to magazines. Writers see their group members' stories from idea to polished third draft.
-Novel in Six is made of several small accountability groups that team writers up to help one another write an entire novel-length manuscript in six months with supportive programming and exercises.
-Wednesday Night Write, a weekly write-in and social in a public venue, is a great meeting for new members. We also occasionally host longer Just Write! weekend write-ins.
- We also host writing workshops, beta swaps, write-ins, holiday parties, and socials, and go on field trips to writing conventions and pubic writing events throughout the year.
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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/columbiawriters/