LoriKJohnson

My experience as a writer, at this time, involves meeting on Zoom in small groups to discuss what we're reading (in one group) and then to write together (in both groups). These meetings last from an hour to sometimes three, depending on how the writing is going. The group I've been with the longest stems from an online class I took during the spring of 2021 with Natalie Goldberg. Several of us found each other via a spreadsheet, and we're all from the same general geographical area, and we've even met up once for a weekend writing retreat. That group is a true gift as it is sustained, nurturing, and close. The other group formed out of my experience with therapeutic writing and it takes on a slightly different tone; one of the writers has lots of experience with prison writers, and another, addiction counseling. But in both cases, we are there for each other, holding space, watching each other reach and grow. But no feedback is given, and now that I've gained some confidence and experience with my contemporaries, I'm ready to stretch.

What I'm looking for now is to go a bit further, into the realm of getting honest feedback on my work. I've been writing for decades, having published poetry and feature stories and opinion pieces, plus I've edited a bunch as well. I've been an English department college instructor off and on for a long time, interspersed with work as a technical editor, proposal writer, and technical assistant as I've sought to make a living writing for others. But I've recently stepped back from that, and am now focused on getting out some stories I've always wanted to tell, and they seem to be coming out as memoir and lyric essays, flash fiction, and layered pieces involving poetry, prose, and photography. I'm aiming at a collection, writing here and there as I have the time and energy, as I am also dealing with recovering from a cancer diagnosis. 

If you write in the genre of creative nonfiction, and you like to read memoir and lyric/braided essays, flash fiction, and such, I'd like to share work and see who else out there is writing along the same lines. I feel we learn best from each other.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
King William, VA
United States
Virginia
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Feminist, Flash Fiction, Healing/Health, Historical, Lyric Essay
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 5.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Accountability partners.

meets
Weekly.

CatherineC

I have been writing poetry, essays, and fiction since I was a child. I took several college courses in creative writing and poetry for fun, but my formal degree is a BFA in theatrical design and production, in which I worked for ten years. I have returned to writing seriously over the last two years with the intent to make it my career.

I'm looking for a group that focusses on mutual support and critique in a variety of writing from poetry to essays to fiction, short and long.

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
WA
United States
Washington
Genres: 
Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Lyric Essay, Poetry, Speculative Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
Dutch American, Feminist, Multicultural, Puerto Rican
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 10.
meets for
Critique, Encouragement.

Kofi Opam

I'm finishing my first book, a collection of essays, and I'd love to meet and chat with other writers in a similar position! I got my MFA in 2021 (COVID grad school) and have been revising since then. Black, queer, surreal, speculative. Love to read all genres, especially horror-infused!

Pronouns: 
They/Them
Location: 
New York, NY
United States
New York
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, LGBTQ Voices, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction, Prose Poetry, Speculative Fiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
BIPOC, Black, Caribbean American, LGBTQ
Languages I write or speak in: 
English

Ohm Journal

Basic Information
3600 N Duke St.
Suite #1038
Durham
North Carolina
United States
27704
Contact Information
Jonathan
Kelly
Editor
Details
Genres Published: 
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Translation
Formats: 
Online
Digital
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
No
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Payment: 
No payment
Year Founded: 
2022
Percentage of Unsolicited Submissions Published: 
26% to 50%
Representative Authors: 
Richard D. Wolff, Ruth Dickey, Elizabeth Sylvia, Ava Robinson
Issues per Year: 
12
Circulation: 
Less than 1,000
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
2 to 10

Ohm Journal is dedicated to publishing works of progressive literature, criticism, poetry, and art. The editors don’t make distinctions between these because they believe in the democratization of the written word. 

We do not wish to publish works that merely interpret the world around us, rather works that seek to change it for the better.  We desire to break down the modern information bubbles that alienate us from one another. We seek passionate expressions of lived experience and sincere attempts to grapple with substantive issues. If you, like us, yearn to create a just and equitable society—rejecting the current trajectory toward fascism and neoliberalism, or simply wish to engage with our articles, then send your stuff to submissions@ohmjournal.com and feel free to reach out to us on social media! 

Spoonie Magazine

Basic Information
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
United States
Contact Information
Sara
Watkins
Editor-in-Chief
Details
Genres Published: 
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Formats: 
Online
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
No
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Payment: 
Contributor copies only
Year Founded: 
2022
Issues per Year: 
26

Spoonie Magazine publishes art, articles, audio, poetry, prose, video, and hybrid works by disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodiverse individuals (or their loved ones) on related subject matters weekly in their online magazine. All work is considered regardless of the perspective with which it approaches these topics. Their goal is to promote the voices of, and provide a space for, disabled artists and authors in publishing and the arts.

We champion representation and honesty in the creative discussion of disability. Our mission is to share authentic experiences— as happy, sad, inspirational, or frustrating as they may be. These individuals face unique challenges, so we have created an equally unique place specifically for them.

Note that submissions sent from Feb—April and Aug—Oct are simultaneously considered for publication in our print literary journal, Spoonie Journal.

J Brooke

I’m a regularly published essayist (mostly) considering creating a collection (some days) who wishes they were part of a smart contemporary constructively honest writing group (but not always.)

Pronouns: 
They/Them
Location: 
Essex, CT
United States
Connecticut
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, LGBTQ Voices, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Young Adult
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
LGBTQ
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Discussion.

Sunspot Literary Journal

Basic Information
5419 Fairoaks Road
Durham
North Carolina
United States
27712
Contact Information
Laine
Cunningham
Senior Editor
Details
Genres Published: 
Poetry
Fiction
Creative Nonfiction
Translation
Formats: 
Online
Digital
Print
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
Less than 3 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Yes
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Yes
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Yes
Payment: 
Cash
Year Founded: 
2019
Distributors: 
Ingram
Percentage of Unsolicited Submissions Published: 
6% to 10%
Issues per Year: 
4
Circulation: 
Less than 1,000
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
20

Since launching in January of 2019, Sunspot Literary Journal has amplified diverse multinational voices. New works have been published in their original language side-by-side with English translations. Boundaries that exclude meaningful and important works have been broken by accepting extremely long-form pieces, a rarity in publishing today. 

Microfiction, flash fiction, poetry, short stories, plays, scripts, literary works and well-written genre pieces up to novella length are welcome at Sunspot. 

T. Love

I have been writing for many years. I have an MFA in creative writing and have published a couple of essays in anthologies. My writing is focused on family history as well as personal experiences of living as a Black woman in the US. I am looking for a writing group to help establish accountability for my writing. For several years I was a part of a nonfiction writing group that met monthly which was helpful. Since we disbanded a few years ago I have struggled to keep my momentum consistent, as it is easy to lose focus while working a full-time job. I hope that I can also be a source of encouragement for other writers. 

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Missoula, MT
United States
Montana
Genres: 
BIPOC Voices, Lyric Essay, Narrative Nonfiction
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program
How I choose to identify myself: 
Black
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online.
has a maximum group size of 2.
meets for
Accountability partners.

meets
Bi-weekly.

Heather Cunningham

I started writing in college when I decided to take on Creative Writing as a second major. I fell in love with creative nonfiction and primarily write personal essays, lyric essays, and humor pieces. I would describe my writing as feminine, bold, and maybe even mystical sometimes. I'm interested in writing more essays and also building some content for a memoir. My work has been published in a few small-scale magazines. My essay, "Star Child" earned an award through my college writing program for best nonfiction essay. Additionally, I work for a Ghost Writing Agency where I write both fiction and nonfiction books for clients. I also write music reviews for Music Connection Magazine. I would love to meet with a group who can help motivate me to finish many of my pieces. I can meet anywhere in the Los Angeles area or on Zoom. :)

Pronouns: 
She/Her
Location: 
Glendale, CA
United States
California
Genres: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Humor, Lyric Essay
My publishing/workshop experience: 
Published in literary journal, Have workshop experience
How I choose to identify myself: 
American
Languages I write or speak in: 
English
I’m looking for a group that:
Meets Online, Meets In Person.
has a maximum group size of 10.
meets for
Critique, Workshop, Inspiration, Accountability partners.

meets
Weekly.

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