What we're about

To join Write Free or Die, submit here on Meetup (press the "Join" button). You'll be placed in a Pending status until you attend a meeting, after which your membership will be activated by the organizer.

Write Free Or Die is a writer’s critique and support group which does not restrict or judge the subject matter of the members’ writing. You choose what you want to write and the style you want to write it in, and we’ll help you make your choice as good as it can be. To be a part of this group, you must be willing to read and provide constructive feedback on any type of writing, even if it's "not your genre". Any genre or style is acceptable, from mainstream to experimental, tame to gruesome.

Some prior training and/or experience with writing is expected. The ideal member will be a not-yet-published aspiring author who has a strong desire to write novel-length work for publication. If you’re writing short stories, that’s also OK. The group will focus on fiction and nonfiction prose, so if you write poetry or screenplays, this is not the right group for you.

More detail about group format and structure is available in the Group Guidelines document, which is viewable by anyone. To see it, select the "More" menu under the group name, and then choose "Files".

Being a part of the group will require a time commitment. It’s expected that members will remain active, attending most meetings, providing feedback for others, and submitting their own work on a regular basis. Hopefully the work required will pay off in improvement of our writing skills and a greater feeling of community in what can sometimes be a lonely vocation.

Other online presences
The group owns and maintains a blog at Write Free or Die (http://www.writefreeordie.org). This blog is open to the public for reading & commenting. Membership in Write Free or Die is required to post or edit content. Contact the Organizer or Co-Organizer for more information about the blog.

Please note: We reserve the right to remove members from Write Free Or Die due to inactivity; however, you are always welcome to rejoin.

Upcoming events (5+)

WFoD Critique Meeting - 4th Wednesday

Marion Gerrish Community Center

Regular 4th Wednesday critique meeting at Marion Gerrish Community Center (MGCC) Derry, NH. If you’re new, you’ll be primarily observing. If you’re on the submitters' list, a reminder and list of the queued works for review is usually emailed out on the weekend before the meeting. To get there: 1. Take I-93 to Exit 4, NH-102 East, Nashua Road toward Derry. 2. Follow NH-102 East, West Broadway, about 3/4 mile. 3. MGCC will be the large white building #39 on your left, with off-street parking. 4. Check the reader board for WFoD's room assignment, typically Room 2 or 2A. See Group Guidelines document for more info (choose More->Files menu command underneath the group name).

WFoD First Wednesday Flash Workshop

Marion Gerrish Community Center

The FLASH workshop is simply a round-the-table read & comment exercise. Each reader (not everyone has to read, feel free to just attend & comment) does a 3-minute (or less) reading of original fiction. Then the rest of the folks respond (at the moment, we don't "score" pieces). In general, we do not share the text in advance, the immediacy is part of the charm. The "flash" nomenclature implies that it's a complete story, not a fragment or excerpt. It's a LOT of fun. Directions to the Marion Gerrish Community Center can be found on the announcements of the Critique Group Meetups.

WFoD Critique Meeting - 2nd Wednesday

Marion Gerrish Community Center

Regular 2nd Wednesday critique meeting at Marion Gerrish Community Center (MGCC) Derry, NH. If you’re new, you’ll be primarily observing. If you’re on the submitters' list, a reminder and list of the queued works for review is usually emailed out on the weekend before the meeting. To get there: 1. Take I-93 to Exit 4, NH-102 East, Nashua Road toward Derry. 2. Follow NH-102 East, West Broadway, about 3/4 mile. 3. MGCC will be the large white building #39 on your left, with off-street parking. 4. Check the reader board for WFoD's room assignment, typically Room 2 or 2A. See Group Guidelines document for more info (choose More->Files menu command underneath the group name).

Third Wednesday - Free-for-all Sessions

Marion Gerrish Community Center

A series (hopefully) of sessions on various topics having to do with writing and other disorders appurtenant thereto. An outgrowth of, and to some extent a continuation of, the "Halligan Hoots" held over the past couple of months. The agendas for these sessions will vary according to what people want, or according to what I think might be fun & profitable. The topic/agenda for each session will be announced and/or hashed out offline via our email distribution list so watch for email from me. The usual "afters" will apply. Hope you can make it. - DQ

Past events (223)

Third Wednesday - Free-for-all Sessions

Marion Gerrish Community Center

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