What we're about

This group has been around since 2002, but we didn't join Meetup until 2013, so we never really know who's going to show up . . . which makes it fun. We have a large email list, completely separate from this website, and get about 5 to 10 people per meeting just from that.

Anyway, most importantly, this group is commitment-free. Some of our members attend nearly every meeting; others show up once a month or even once a year. The main rule is to bring something to work on for the first hour. No assignments. No prompts. It's just a solid chunk of quiet time that you can use however you want.

After the writing, there's a short break, and then we gather a little closer to take turns introducing ourselves. After that, we spend another hour or so doing an informal reading of our work. No one is ever forced to read -- that's not our style -- so at any given meeting, about a third of the people might end up sharing something. Some people read stuff they've been working on for a while. Others read what they've written during the hour. There's no need to bring copies because we read aloud. Each person gets eight minutes, which includes time for others to offer feedback, so we keep things moving at a pretty good pace.

People in this group have written and shared all kinds of stuff: novels, short stories, journal and diary entries, poems, personal essays, memoirs, plays, screenplays, articles, dialogues, outlines, limericks, newsletters, blogs, kids books, science fiction, erotica, comedy, book proposals, cartoon strips, horoscopes, wedding speeches, eulogies, and song lyrics. Anything goes, and the same is true for your writing experience. You don't have to be published or submit samples in order to join. The purpose is to have a varied crowd and a relaxed setting where we actually do some writing and have a chance to hang out and meet fellow writers, and since people often ask, we're mostly in our 20s, 30s, and 40s.

We get together every week or two. There's no regular location because we usually meet in people's homes all over the place. (If you can host, please speak up!) Once or twice a year, we meet at a big, antiquarian bookstore in midtown. In warmer months, we meet semi-regularly in Central Park and other outdoor spots. We've even taken a few road trips as a group, but we almost always stay within MetroCard range. About once per month, we meet on weekend afternoons, but we usually do our thing on weeknights from 7pm to 10:30-ish. People are welcome to show up late or leave early, so don't worry if these times aren't ideal. Can't make it for the writing hour? No problem. Come after that and check out the readings. That said, space is often limited and hosts buy snacks and drinks based on the number of people we expect, so if you RSVP and then it turns out that you can't make it, you must un-RSVP. This group really IS laid-back, but that's not an excuse to be flaky.

We don't have a set schedule. Some people are never free on Mondays, for example, while others can never make it on weekends, so we meet on different days of the week to accommodate everyone.

Finally, this group has always been free (and will remain so for people who are already part of it), but because of the cost of advertising on Meetup, there's a suggested donation of $1 -- not per meeting, but just at the first one you attend.

That's it. Sorry for the long-ass description, but details are good, right?

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Writing group meeting in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Rachel's place

For this meeting, we'll be going to the home of one of our semi-regular members. The night before we meet, I'll send the full details to folks who RSVP, but for now, here are a couple of important details: 1) There's a dog and a cat. 2) It's not wheelchair accessible. If this will be your first time joining the group, please make sure to read the description about it by scrolling down to the "What we're about" section. Thanks and hope to see you there.

Writing group meeting in the East Village

Needs a location

Time for something a bit different . . . For this meeting, rather than our typical gatherings in members' homes, we'll be at a small business/storefront/art-gallery type of place with windows that look right out onto 1st Avenue. I'm friends with the owners, and they have generously agreed to let us use their space. We just need to be extra careful and respectful of the art on display. The night before this meeting, I will send all the details (including the business name and address) to people who have RSVP'd. For now just keep this in mind: 1) It's wheelchair accessible. 2) There's wifi. 3) There are few chairs, so be prepared for the floor/cushions. 4) We are welcome to bring snacks. 5) One of the owners has a dog which is there from time to time. It won't be there during our meeting, but folks who are allergic should prepare. If this will be your first time at the group, go here/read this: See you guys soon!

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