What we're about

The Princeton Writing Group welcomes writers from the wider Central NJ region and beyond. We are open to writers of all genres and forms (books, scripts, poem, dissertations, etc.). Our purpose is to provide a supportive environment for writers, with emphasis on productivity, community, and improvement.

Our members are self-directed, and use the group as a resource to further their goals. PWG was founded to provide a regular space for writers to meet and work on their individual projects. Our Weekly Write-Ins are the backbone of the group, providing members with a chunk of time they can dedicate to their work. The routine and consistency allow us to accomplish the things we were putting off to ‘one day.’ Great things happen when you make time for them.

We also host discussions, go on field trips, run contests, hold mixers, and we are expanding into critiques. For most meetings, you do not need to worry about arriving late or leaving early. Come when you can, for as long as you can. It is polite to let the organizer of the meetup know.

We do not require that you be a professional or published writer, only that you have spirit and dedication. There are no age limits or recommendations. We ask that minors be accompanied by an adult. We are open to suggestions from members, and would love to hear from you.

We are an Equal Opportunity group and do not discriminate against any member or guest because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

Princeton Writing Group is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion. Building a welcoming and supportive culture that draws on the individual strengths of members from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, abilities, and experiences is key to our success. We have a wonderfully diverse group of writers, so please be conscientious of comments which could be offensive.

Upcoming events (5+)

Write-In Plainsboro - Sundays

The Grind Coffee House-N-Cafe

Sundays are now a regular weekly gig at Eclairs Café (FORMERLY The Grind Coffee House n Café) Come in the morning and stay through lunch if you'd like. Write-ins are dedicated working time. Bring your current work in progress (WIP) and whatever you need to work on it--pencil, laptop, note cards, etc. We always spend some time chatting, so come ready to meet writers!

Tuesday Morning Write-In

Corner Bakery Cafe

Meetup time will begin at 9am, on Tuesdays at The Corner Bakery. Standard write-in routine applies: • Come say hi! We'll chat a little about what everyone's working on. • Get out your notebook, laptop, index cards, or whatever it is you need to write. • Write! Time is mostly silent, but talking is not verboten. • Come say hi! We'll chat a little about what everyone's working on. • Get out your notebook, laptop, index cards, or whatever it is you need to write. • Write! Time is mostly silent, but talking is not verboten.

Tues Nt Bonus Write-In (Panera, Nassau Pk)

Panera Bread

PWGers in Princeton are getting used to Tues night write-in, so PWGer SoledadO/Jeanine is in charge of Tues night write-in! This meetup is listed as 6:00-10:00pm, since some of us show up earlier* or later--whatever time you show up and work is fine! In the first 15-30 mins, we typically make introductions and talk a bit about what we're working on. Ideas, thoughts, struggles, triumphs, or maybe publishing news or the latest writers drama on Twitter. If you would like to talk more, play a writing game (prompts, incorporate a word/idea, timed writing, word count wars), or something else creative, do mention it! WRITE-INS ARE WORK TIME. BRING YOUR NOTEBOOK, LAPTOP, index cards or whatever else you need to work effectively. Bring a project-in-progress to work on. Most of the meeting is spent in silent work-mode. (You may be surprised how effective this is. You can get a lot done in the company of other working writers!) Talking during work time is not verboten. It may be most effective for all if the people who want to talk move to another table so those who want to work quietly can do so. Or, the whole group may join in. Some meetings end up as nothing but talking. We go with the flow. This is not a critique group, and you do not have to share. Organized critique groups are a lot of work, so we allow people to form their own relationships within the group and swap work privately. So, make some friends! Find out whose reading/writing tastes are similar to yours and say hi! You can also check out the digital critique site Scribophile.com. If you have the cash, do please purchase something from the venue, as a thanks for hosting us. Panera, Corner Bakery, and The Grind have great selections of food and drink. Whatever we do, we're putting time and effort into our writing. We're thinking about it, talking about it, working on it. That's the important part. Two hours a week dedicated to writing. This meetup is great for: --Getting work done --Staying focused --Chipping away at that big project you keep neglecting --Guilt-tripping (They expect me to be there! I HAVE to go...) --Meeting fellow writers --Encouragement and good vibes Keep an eye out for our fancy black+gold MeetUp signs we have on the tables! We'll be at the long table* to the RIGHT of the entrance, in FRONT of the fireplace. If not, we'll be somewhere in the front OR in the BACK. *Hopefully we'll be able to get this long table every week--it's Table #14, SEE PHOTO, which has USB ports and outlets at EVERY seat at the table..... that means NO more waiting to charge your laptops/tablets!

The Somerville Write-In!

Location visible to members

Is that novel stalled somewhere between your brain and the keyboard? Do you have a great concept, but just can't quite seem to make it happen on the page? Do you just need to brainstorm your idea with someone else? Then come to the write-in! We'll chat a bit about your work in progress, then we'll settle down for some good, solid writing time. We're NOT a critique group, but if you'd like feedback, we'd be happy to oblige.

Past events (2,094)

Fiction Writers Workshop at Lawrence Library

Lawrence Headquarters Branch of The Mercer County Library System

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