Local Writing Groups

  • Hampton Roads Kid Lit Writers and Illustrators: (https://www.facebook.com/groups/HRkidlit/) an online Facebook group for Hampton Roads kid lit writers and illustrators. We mostly communicate and mingle online, but we organize occasional meet ups and coordinate with the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) to bring SCBWI events to the area.

  • KPC WRITERS GROUP meets at the Kempsville Presbyterian Church, 805 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach 23464. The group meets every third Tuesday from 7-8:30 pm in the den. Writers of all genre interests and skill levels gather for writing exercises, accountability, encouragement, workshop, guest speakers, and cookies. Contact: Evelyn Wagoner, evelynjwagoner@gmail.com.

  • Virginia Beach Writers--A chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, provides a forum for published, unpublished, and would-be authors in which fiction, non-fiction, and poetry are read, critiqued and given marketing suggestions. The group meets at 10 a.m. until noon on Tuesdays at the Higher Education Center, 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. All genres and ages are welcome. Please join us. Email marilynbarton1@gmail.com for more information.

  • Writers Shelf--Meets the third Tuesday of every month at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd from 7pm – 10pm for brainstorming and critiquing. For more information, contact Sheila.

  • The Hampton Roads Writers Guild is looking for serious writers to meet bi-weekly (Friday evenings) in the Virginia Beach/Norfolk area to exchange pages and provide constructive criticism. Novels and short stories are welcome, but please no romance or poetry. Please email 10 sample pages along with a short biography to Bekah at rjames416@gmail.com.

  • Writer's Block--Meets at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd at 7PM the third Monday of the Month for an exchange of ideas.

  • Open Mike Poetry group--meets at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd at 7 PM, with sign-ups at 6 p.m. on the last Wednesday of every month. Call 671-2331.

  • Tidewater Writers--Tidewater Writers--Critique group meetings every Saturday morning from 10am-12am at a Virginia Beach location. Evening critique group meetings occur twice a month, either on Wednesday or Thursday night, from 6pm-8pm at a Chesapeake Library branch. The best way to check on upcoming meetings is by visiting: http://www.meetup.com/tidewater-writers/. For information, email the group's organizer at this address.

  • The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk is Hampton Roads’ own literary center, featuring more than 60 creative and creative writing classes and seminars geared for beginners to professionals in each of its three yearly sessions. The nonprofit school and resource center also makes it a goal to never turn a student away because of finances and provides tuition assistance to hundreds of students each year. Genres taught include: fiction, poetry, memoir, nonfiction, screenplay, multi-genre writing, journaling, writers craft & development, cookbooks, new media, graphic novel, standup comedy, improv comedy, sketch comedy, and songwriting, as well as classes for teen writers.

  • A Christian Writers' Workshop that meets September through May (summers off), the first and third Tuesday of the month, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507, Phone: 757.962.3531 Luana Hugel

  • "R" Open Mic, every Monday, 7:30 pm, at The Venue 631 E. 35th St in Norfolk. Donations requested at the door. Call 469-0337.

  • Poetry Prose and Pizza-- Fri., Jan 25, 2013, 6:45 PM. Russell Memorial Library, 2808 Taylor Rd, Chesapeake, VA. A quarterly Literary Open Mic sponsored by The Russell Memorial Library, Rita's Pizza and Spiritual Concepts Publishing! For more information contact Nathan Richardson.

  • Chesapeake Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, -- meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month at the Russell Memorial Library in Chesapeake. Meetings start at 10:30. CRW's current secretary is Kathy Alexander and we may be reached through e-mail @ crwsecretary@gmail.com or via http://chesapeakeromancewriters.wordpress.com/; everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Tidewater Writers--Tidewater Writers--Critique group meetings every Saturday morning from 10am-12am at a Virginia Beach location. Evening critique group meetings occur twice a month, either on Wednesday or Thursday night, from 6pm-8pm at a Chesapeake Library branch. The best way to check on upcoming meetings is by visiting: http://www.meetup.com/tidewater-writers/. For information, email the group's organizer at this address.

  • Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime--Mystery by the Sea--For more information, email Teresa Inge, Chapter President. Meets on the second Monday of the month from 6 - 7:30 PM at the Greenbrier Library, 1214 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA. 757 410-7061

  • Java Poets open-mic--Meets once third Wednesday of the month from 6 - 8 PM at the Greenbriar Library, 1214 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA. (just north of Greenbriar Mall). 757-410-7058

  • Atlantis Writers--Meets at Atlantis Games and Comics (6231 Portsmouth Blvd, Portsmouth) every Tuesday evening from 5:30-9:00. Atlantis Writers strongly encourages emerging writers of all ages. For more information contact Atlantis Writers.

  • The Portsmouth Writers Group--Meets at Churchland Library, 4939 W. High Street. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesdays each month at 6 PM. Contact Mary Hodges at (757) 393-8759

  • West Hampton Community Center Music and Poetry (OPEN MIC) Night--the third Thursday of every month at 7 PM. West Hampton Community Center, 1638 Briarfield Road, Hampton, VA 23661. They're always looking for entertainers and listeners.

  • Word-4-Word Poets open mic--Meets the second Tuesday of the month from 7-9 PM at Aroma Coffeehouse and Bakery at 706 Town Center Drive, Suite 104, Newport News, VA. Starts Sept 9, 2008. (757) 240-4650. Hosted by Hollis Pruitt, Ann Shalaski, and Mike Correa. For more information contact Ann Shalaski.

  • Greater Peninsula Writers' Group--A critique group for writers residing on or near the Virginia Peninsula (Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg and James and York counties). participate. This is the regular monthly meeting of the critique group to discuss submitted works. Manuscripts of approximately 10 pages, featuring either a short story or portion of a novel, are uploaded to a Yahoo group and retrieved by members who read and make notes on the quality of the work. These notes are used to discuss the work and make suggestions to improve the writing by group members in attendance. Meets the third Saturday of each month at Tabb Library--100 Long Green Boulevard, Yorktown, VA. Writers submit their work to a Yahoo Group site where it can be downloaded and read by group members, who will offer constructive criticism (or praise) at the next meeting. This group is for writers who are seeking feedback that will help them improve their writing skills. Affiliated with the Chesapeake Bay Writers chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, memberships in those organizations are not required to http://www.meetup.com/Peninsula-Critique-Group/. For more info, contact the group organizer, Carl, after logging into the meetip site.

  • Yorktown

  • not currently offering a writing class but is working with writers one on one. For more information, email Leona Wisoker.

  • Williamsburg Critique Group: Meetings are held at 1:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. They share work and offer critique. They also discuss other issues in their writing adventures. Snacks and coffee are served. There are two hosts per two separate monthly meetings. One host is Sharon Dillon and the other is Jay Bray. Should you wish to attend the sessions, please contact either Sharon or Jay.

  • Williamsburg OPEN MIC: Second Saturday each month at the Williamsburg main library (Room B) from 2:00-4:00 PM. For more information, call (757) 220-9405 or e-mail Ed von Gehren.

  • Gloucester and Mathews
  • Gloucester Writers Critique Circle--A part of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club--meets the last Saturday of each month at 7:00 PM. E-mail Gary Herring or call (804) 694-5646.

  • Mathews Critique group: meets from 10 A.M. to Noon at the Mathews County Public Library on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Call Group Coordinator Tom Neiger at (804) 725-2220 if you are interested in attending or E-Mail Tom.

  • Rappatomac
  • Rappatomac Writers Critique Group--A part of the Chesapeake Bay Writers Club, meets twice a month. There are two locations and two dates each month. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon at Wicomico Parish, in Wicomico Church. And the third Thursday of each month in Warsaw, at Rappahannock Community College, in the Board Room, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information email here.

  • Isle of Wight
  • Isle of Wight Writers Group--Regular monthly meetings held on the FIRST TUESDAY of every month at Mansion on Main, 36 Main Street Smithfield 23430 (corner of Church St. in the Historic District) unless rescheduled due to holiday or special event or inclement weather. Friendly, casual, lightly structured critique group invites serious writers-- from budding and veteran editors and authors-- for networking and support. Not genre specific. If you have connections to Virginia, we welcome your presence and contributions. For more information, contact DJ Riddle at djriddle@mail.com or at 757-357-0006. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isle-of-Wight-Writers-Group-Smithfield-Virginia-VA/147589885337112?id=147589885337112&sk=info

  • Virginia Screenwriters Forum--They meet monthly in Richmond to critique members' scripts and discuss the business of writing for Hollywood. The group was founded in 1990 by Helene Wagner, who is currently our Director Emeritus.

  • Richmond Christians Who Write--They meet the 3rd Sunday of every month from 2-5 at Grove Avenue Baptist Church in Richmond (8701 Ridge Road).

  • Virginia Romance Writers--The group meets at the Varina Library, 2001 Library Rd., Henrico 23231/804.290.9800. Contact: Donna Dalton ddalton0507@yahoo.com

  • James River Writers--JRW serves aspiring and professional writers and passionate readers in all genres through a variety of programs, services, and events, often presented in partnership with other area cultural organizations. JRW offers an annual writers' conference every October. JRW offers the Writers Farmhouse, every Wednesday at Urban Farmhouse, Midlothian location, from 6:00 - 8:00: JRW members and other writers in the community get together to write and share their writing goals, free and open to the public. They also offer Writers Wednesday, second Wednesday of every month at Capital Alehouse (location rotates among the three Richmond area Capital Alehouses), 5:30 - 7:30: meet and greet with fellow writers, free and open to the public and The Writing Show, the last Thursday of every month January through September, The Broadberry, Richmond, VA, 6:30 - 8:30: panel of experts discusses a topic of interest to writers, $10 ahead and $12 at the door. See their website for details jamesriverwriters.org

  • Richmond Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc., meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at Gayton Baptist Church, 13501 North Gayton Rd, Richmond, VA. Co-Facilitators: Michael Gunter michael@gunterbooks.com and Linda Layne VWCMail@aol.com. For information about this group, please email Linda Layne.

  • Chesapeake Bay Poets--the home of poetry throughout Hampton Roads from Richmond to upper North Carolina to the Eastern Shore . . . connecting poets to events, resources, and one another, encouraging the care and feeding of poetry and poets where ever they may be.

  • Chesapeake Bay Writers--A chapter of the Virginia Writers Club

  • Eastern Shore Writers Association-- meets monthly (excluding July and August), on the second Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings rotate between locations around the Delmarva Peninsula , giving convenient access to all members. Most meetings are in Easton-Talbot County (MD), Salisbury (MD), or in the Dover, DE area. They are held primarily at restaurant facilities. All programs are free and open to the public, followed by an optional lunch where members can exchange information with each other and the speakers.

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