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Welcome to Poets & Writers Groups! Ready to connect, communicate, and collaborate with a new community of writers? Browse the list or use the filters below to find a writers group that is the perfect fit for you and your work. If you see one you’d like to join, click on the vertical ellipses menu to the right of the group name to request membership. To see groups to which you already belong, click on the “My Groups” button in the menu bar above. Or, if you’d like to create your own group, click on the “Create a Group” button.

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A Melody of Poetry

If you are a writer of/lover of poetry, A Melody of Poetry is for you. 

A Melody of Poetry is a weekly poetry group. Every Sunday from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm EST.  While the main focus is on the poetry we produce, there will be evenings with Guest Poets, the occasional Poetry Slam (w/prizes!), Themed evenings (i.e., Women's History Month), and some surprises. 

It is up to you if you'd like to share your work or want to be part of the audience. There is no pressure. You are encouraged to take your spot, but it remains within your comfort level.

There isn't any censorship; we only request that sensitive subjects triggering (rape, suicide, excessive gore/violence, etc.) are first introduced to give members a choice to stay or mute that part of the session.

This group is an open, friendly, and safe space. We will not tolerate any issues of disrespect, harassment, or sexual overtures to another member. 

First time logging in? Please follow below:

  1. At the top of your screen, you'll see See Groups
  2. Click on A Melody of Poetry
  3. Scroll down: you'll find a large Blue Box that has Poets & Writers in the middle.
  4. Underneath that is the log-on button. Click on that.
  5. You will be taken to the message board: there are a few notes from me.
  6. Scroll up on the side of the message board, not in the box
  7. At the top of the message board, there are a series of Icons
  8. Click on the Phone icon to the right
  9. You should be admitted to the room
  10. Say hi, find the Chat Box (the bottom left icon for speech)
  11. IF you are bringing work to share, type in your name
  12. The order you sign in will be the order of reading for that evening
Location: 
Yonkers, NY
United States
New York
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genres of interest: 
BIPOC Voices, Erotica, Experimental, Feminist, Formal Poetry, Humor, LGBTQ Voices, Micro-poetry, Poetry, Political, Pop Culture, Prose Poetry, Religious/Spiritual, Visual Poetry
Preferred group size: 
50
Preferred publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
Group meets for: 
Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Tips, Reading
Group meets: 
Weekly
Group members:Currently has 38 members

A Prompting of Writers: Your Challenge to Imagine

A Prompting of Writers is not your average prompt writing group. 

Two prompts a session, challenges inherent in both. You will be asked to write in a different genre, &/or tackle a style of prose or poetry that is outside of your comfort zone. We write, share, and give constructive feedback.

The idea is to hone your writing skills while having FUN! 

We meet every Saturday online, 10:00 am to Noon, EST. There are members across the US and beyond. We have a great group of regulars and are always looking to add new members. If you make the Time Zone work for you: WELCOME! 

This group is an open, friendly, and safe space. We will not tolerate any issues of disrespect, harassment, or sexual overtures to another member. 

Location: 
Yonkers, NY
United States
New York
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genres of interest: 
Commercial Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Fiction, Flash Fiction, Formal Poetry, Humor, LGBTQ Voices, Lyric Essay, Micro-poetry, Nonfiction, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Serialized Fiction, Short Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Preferred group size: 
50
Preferred publishing/workshop experience: 
Have workshop experience
Group meets for: 
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Discussion, Tips
Languages used: 
American Sign Language, English
Group meets: 
Weekly
Group members:Currently has 38 members

A Very Important Meeting

Find us at http://averyimportantmeeting.comWe started A Very Important Meeting as a daily writer's retreat, an online space to strengthen your focus with mindfulness meditation and prioritize your writing among like-minded creatives. Concentration, productivity, and community: the essential building blocks of a thriving writer’s life, right there on your calendar. Sessions are appropriate for beginning meditators as well as those with an established practice, novice writers as well as published authors.

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
California
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genres of interest: 
Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Fiction, Healing/Health, Narrative Nonfiction, Poetry, Speculative Fiction, Young Adult
Preferred group size: 
30
Preferred publishing/workshop experience: 
Self-published a book
Group meets for: 
Encouragement, Accountability partners, Discussion, Tips
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Daily
Group members:Currently has 18 members

A world of our own

This group seeks to target poets and writers of poetic prose. Flash fiction, micro poetry, creative nonfiction are encouraged along with formal poetry and lyric essays. Any acceptable topic welcomed. 

Location: 
Port Wentworth, GA
United States
Georgia
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online, Meets In Person
Genres of interest: 
Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Flash Fiction, Formal Poetry, Literary Fiction, Lyric Essay, Micro-poetry, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Visual Poetry
Preferred group size: 
99
Preferred publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Attend(ed) a PhD program, Published in literary journal, Published a book, Self-published a book, Have workshop experience
Group meets for: 
Critique, Workshop, Submissions, Writing exercises, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners, Discussion
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Bi-weekly
Group members:Currently has 8 members

An Aspiration Of Creators: Adventures in Writing

"Aspiration: a hope or ambition of achieving something." 

An Aspiration of Creators: Adventures in Writing takes a two-hour plunge into our writing and creative passions. We meet weekly on Fridays from 7:00 to 9:00 pm EST.  The group will remain online. Distance should not be a barrier. Location and Time Zones are nebulous now.

We devote 60 to 70 minutes of private writing within the group. You set your own goal, write at your own pace, create. The focus: write for that dedicated period of time. 

Afterward, the floor is open to group discussions (The After-Talk).

We've covered a wide range of topics from what we are writing (current WIP,  plans for the future, what has come before), writing in general, setting goals, inspirations, feedback, and, really, anything creative that comes up.

Any creator of any genre, at any level, is encouraged and welcomed.

We hope you'll join in and add to our creative world. 

Thanks

Stuart

This group is an open, friendly, and safe space. We will not tolerate any issues of disrespect, harassment, or sexual overtures to another member. 

Location: 
Yonkers, NY
United States
New York
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genres of interest: 
Autobiography/Memoir, BIPOC Voices, Creative Nonfiction, Cross-genre, Experimental, Feminist, Fiction, Graphic/Illustrated, Humor, LGBTQ Voices, Nonfiction, Serialized Fiction, Short Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Preferred group size: 
25
Preferred publishing/workshop experience: 
Published a book, Self-published a book, Have workshop experience
Group meets for: 
Workshop, Submissions, Encouragement, Inspiration, Discussion, Tips
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Weekly
Group members:Currently has 15 members

Bards Unbound

Based on the belief that poetry should not aim for the heads of the high brows but the hearts of the people, Bards Unbound is an online community dedicated to poets in their pursuit of sharing and growing together. Although we are based out of Greensboro, NC, our group is open to poets everywhere regardless of skill level. We meet on the 1st Saturday of month at 7pm-8:30pm EST. Feel free to request to join if you want to be a part of our community.

Location: 
Greensboro, NC
United States
North Carolina
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genre of interest: 
Poetry
Preferred group size: 
99
Group meets for: 
Critique, Workshop, Encouragement, Discussion, Tips
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Monthly
Group members:Currently has 17 members

Benjamin Bards

Join us on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4pm EST for a free discussion based workshop for poets of all skill levels from teens to adults. Share your own works for constructive criticism. Register by emailing kelsey.nation@greensboro-nc.gov.

Location: 
Greensboro, NC
United States
North Carolina
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genre of interest: 
Poetry
Preferred group size: 
15
Group meets for: 
Critique, Workshop, Encouragement, Discussion, Tips
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Monthly
Group members:Currently has 32 members

Beyond LU

This is a closed group for students pursuing Lindenwood University's MFA with an emphasis in poetry.

Location: 
United States
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genre of interest: 
Poetry
Preferred group size: 
3
Preferred publishing/workshop experience: 
Attend(ed) an MFA program, Have workshop experience
Group meets for: 
Critique, Workshop, Encouragement, Inspiration, Accountability partners
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Other
Group members:Currently has 3 members

Brooklyn Friends

For friends working on short stories than veer into the fantastic and grotesque. Queer-focused. 

Location: 
Brooklyn, NY
United States
New York
Meeting preference: 
Meets In Person
Genres of interest: 
Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction
Preferred group size: 
3
Group meets for: 
Critique, Reading
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Quarterly
Group members:Currently has 3 members

CAYA

CAYA stands for Come As You Are, a private critique group formed at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to stay connected, share writing, and offer support during sheltering in place without judgement or pressure, pajamas optional. We show up for each other biweekly to check-in, share writing, and offer feedback and support.

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
California
Meeting preference: 
Meets Online
Genres of interest: 
Autobiography/Memoir, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Poetry
Preferred group size: 
3
Language used: 
English
Group meets: 
Bi-weekly
Group members:Currently has 3 members

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