What we're about
Founded in 2014 as a way to bring Triangle-area writers together, Raleigh Pubwriters has now grown to almost 400 members, with an average of 10 new people joining the Meetup each week. We consider ourselves a friendly and welcoming group. Whether you are a professional or just getting started, whether you write full-time or as a hobby, ALL writers are welcome!
Since writing is generally a solitary endeavor, this group gives writers a chance to socialize, share tools and techniques, and motivate one another. Pubwriters is NOT a critique group. We ARE writers of all genres who enjoy the company and motivating influence of other writers. Our members write short and long fiction, true crime, web content, blog posts, marketing copy, game scripts, instructional/technical nonfiction, songs, general nonfiction, and lots of other stuff. Some are published, some are not. All have a love of words.
Pubwriters hosts two types of events: Socials and Write-Ins.
Socials are held the fourth Wednesday of each month (unless rescheduled due to holiday conflicts) at Hibernian Irish Pub & Restaurant (https://www.hibernianpub.com/about-us/glenwood-avenue/) at 311 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh. The group convenes starting at 6pm to eat, drink, and discuss the craft of writing (and other completely unrelated topics). This is a purely social, informal, come-when-you-can gathering. Most who attend usually order food there, and members are responsible for their own tabs. Parking can be found on the street (which is free after 5pm) and in nearby parking decks (http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/districts/glenwood-south/parking).
Write-Ins are held multiple times throughout the month. Members gather at a predefined location for 2-3 hours to be inspired and write in a public setting. Attendees should bring their writing instruments of choice — pen and paper, computer, phone, etc. — with a goal of putting words on the page, planning, researching, reading, outlining, editing, or any other activity that advances your writing. Write-in venues offer wi-fi (though reception can occasionally be spotty), beverages, and, in some cases, food for purchase. Write-ins are currently held at three venues, with dates, times, and locations published as Meetup events.
Cup-a-Joe (https://www.cupajoe.com/hillsborough-street/), a coffee shop located at 3100 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, near the NC State campus. Parking is available in the lot behind the shop and along the street.
Imurj (https://home.imurj.com/), a collaborative art and music bar located at 300 South McDowell Street in downtown Raleigh. Parking information can be found at https://www.imurj.com/parking/.
Raleigh Brewing (https://raleighbrewing.com/), a brewery located at 3709 Neill Street, Raleigh. Parking information can be found at https://raleighbrewing.com/taproom/.
Pubwriters doesn’t have many rules, but we do suggest the following:
It is helpful if you RSVP to the scheduled Meetup events so we can tell the venue how many people to expect.
You are encouraged to support our writer-friendly venues by purchasing your food and drink from them while attending Pubwriters events.
We are a social group, but extended or loud conversations should be moved away from the writing tables to allow your fellow writers to focus without distraction.
This is not a critique group; there is no opportunity to read or formally solicit feedback at either type of event. However, you are welcome to approach other members one-on-one if they are amenable.
Get to know your fellow Pubwriters outside of scheduled events. It’s a great group of very interesting people!
Use social media to stay in touch and share writing resources and motivation. Our Facebook group is https://www.facebook.com/groups/691914337536398/ and we use the hashtag #RaleighPubwriters on Twitter and Instagram.