What we're about


Mid-Island Writers is a small, committed group for writers of any genre of fiction (short stories, novels, poetry, etc.) or nonfiction (essays, social commentary, memoir, blogging, etc.). Together, we explore how to improve our writing skills, critique each other's work in a constructive, supportive manner, and have some fun along the way! Whether you're an experienced writer looking to polish your latest work or a beginner just finding your voice, you're welcome to join us in our journey to be the best writers we can be. We look forward to meeting you!

Session Guidelines

If you'd like to share a brief selection of your work (1000 words max) during one of our sessions, please bring hard copies for each attendee. This allows us to make notes in the text (you can print them double-sided if you wish).

Our usual process is that the author reads their selection to the group. If you're not comfortable reading your work aloud, one of the other attendees would be happy to do so on your behalf.

Alternately, if you'd prefer to just audit a session by listening to the other writers' selections and joining the discussions, that's totally fine as well.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

I look forward to meeting you!

Moderator, Mid-Island Writers

Membership Guidelines

Please note that MIW is capped at 50 members. If you are eager to actively participate in the group, I'm happy to have you join. If not, I must respectfully request that you allow writers who *want* to be actively involved the opportunity to do so. I clear the membership list of inactive participants periodically, but the group nevertheless quickly fills up. If your profile is blank, I may remove you sooner than someone who has more detail. I don't expect you to reveal your life story on Meetup.com and I totally understand that some people are uncomfortable posting a photo of themselves, but as far as 'keep or cut' criteria, I'd like to know that there's a real person behind the profile. Further, if you are a no-show (i.e. you RSVP yes but don't attend and don't contact me to let me know why) for more than two sessions, I will remove you from the membership list. Thanks for understanding.

If you have any questions about membership criteria (or anything else pertaining to MIW, please feel free to contact me.

Past events (162)

"The way to write a book..."

Brentwood Public Library

"The desire to write..."

Brentwood Public Library

Write-In Session - 2/9/2020

Panera Bread

"A good poem is a contribution to reality..."

Brentwood Public Library

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