What we're about

The Princeton Writing Group welcomes writers from the wider Central NJ region and beyond.

WE ARE HOLDING VIRTUAL WRITE-INS, USING DISCORD. Please create a free account on Discord, then go to this invite link https://discord.gg/pz4FhPS (https://discord.gg/pz4FhPS) to our PWG Discord. If you have problems/questions, please contact our organizers for info. Stay safe and write at home with PWG!!!

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, ethnicity, gender identity, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, political affiliation, status as a veteran, 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 to those around you.

Upcoming events (4+)

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

Panera Bread

We ARE doing an in-person write-in, for those who are comfortable. Here are the guidelines: We will meet outside whenever weather permitting.

Please follow current NJ State Health guidelines. If you’re unvaccinated, you must wear a mask and keep six feet of distance for everyone’s safety.

Write-in Rules:
1–Sit every other chair.
2–Ask permission before sitting near anyone.
3–If you’re sick/have ANY symptoms, stay home.
4–Rule of two feet: If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable, it’s okay to move to another table or leave. No one will be offended. We get that this is difficult. Take care of yourselves first!
5–COME READY TO WRITE. If you prefer to talk, please be considerate of writers around you and move to a separate table.
6–We reserve the right to enforce these rules.
All of our existing conduct policies still apply, as listed on our MeetUp About page. Please check them if you’ve forgotten. We have strict non-discriminatory policies and are committed to maintaining an environment that’s safe for everyone’s physical and emotional health and overall wellbeing. We are a richly diverse group of writers, and we want everyone to feel safe. Please be considerate and sensitive to others at all times.
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This meetup is listed as 7:00-9:00pm, 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 and Corner Bakery 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 outside if weather permits, or inside 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.
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*If we are writing inside, hopefully we'll be able to get this long table every week--it's Table #14, which has USB ports and outlets at EVERY seat at the table..... that means NO more waiting to charge your laptops/tablets!

Fiction Writers Workshop at Lawrence Library

Lawrence Headquarters Branch of The Mercer County Library System

Not sure if this event is continuing at this time. Please check library website.

A monthly workshop hosted by Donna Wolfe at the Lawrence Library, she brings in wonderful guest authors every month to share their skills with other writers.

For information on the individual workshops, contact Donna Wolfe at the Lawrence Library[masked]. Also check the library event site, Lawrence Library Events (http://eventkeeper.com/code/events.cfm?curOrg=MCL&curKey1=Lawrence%20Branch&setRef=new)

**NEW** Morning Write-In: Small World Coffee

Small World Coffee

We ARE doing an in-person write-in, for those who are comfortable. Here are the guidelines: We will meet outside whenever weather permitting.

Please follow current NJ State Health guidelines. If you’re unvaccinated, you must wear a mask and keep six feet of distance for everyone’s safety.

Write-in Rules:
1–Sit every other chair.
2–Ask permission before sitting near anyone.
3–If you’re sick/have ANY symptoms, stay home.
4–Rule of two feet: If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable, it’s okay to move to another table or leave. No one will be offended. We get that this is difficult. Take care of yourselves first!
5–COME READY TO WRITE. If you prefer to talk, please be considerate of writers around you and move to a separate table.
6–We reserve the right to enforce these rules.
All of our existing conduct policies still apply, as listed on our MeetUp About page. Please check them if you’ve forgotten. We have strict non-discriminatory policies and are committed to maintaining an environment that’s safe for everyone’s physical and emotional health and overall wellbeing. We are a richly diverse group of writers, and we want everyone to feel safe. Please be considerate and sensitive to others at all times.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
This meetup is listed as 7:00-9:00am, 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.

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 outside if weather permits, or inside 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.

Thursday Weekly Write-In

Location visible to members

We ARE doing an in-person write-in, for those who are comfortable. Here are the guidelines: Look for our Princeton Writing Group sign. We will meet outside whenever weather permitting.

Please follow current NJ State Health guidelines. If you’re unvaccinated, you must wear a mask and keep six feet of distance for everyone’s safety.

Write-in Rules:
1–Sit every other chair.
2–Ask permission before sitting near anyone.
3–If you’re sick/have ANY symptoms, stay home.
4–Rule of two feet: If, at any time, you feel uncomfortable, it’s okay to move to another table or leave. No one will be offended. We get that this is difficult. Take care of yourselves first!
5–COME READY TO WRITE. If you prefer to talk, please be considerate of writers around you and move to a separate table.
6–We reserve the right to enforce these rules.
All of our existing conduct policies still apply, as listed on our MeetUp About page. Please check them if you’ve forgotten. We have strict non-discriminatory policies and are committed to maintaining an environment that’s safe for everyone’s physical and emotional health and overall wellbeing. We are a richly diverse group of writers, and we want everyone to feel safe. Please be considerate and sensitive to others at all times.
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Once a week we meet to write in one another's company. Bring your work and pull up a chair!

This meetup is listed as 6:30-10:00pm, 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 and Corner Bakery 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 outside if weather permits, or inside 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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
*If we are writing inside, 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!

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Write-In Plainsboro - Sundays

Corner Bakery

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