Local Writing Groups



VIRGINIA BEACH
  • Virginia Beach Writers--A chapter of the Virginia Writers Club meets 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Higher Education Center, 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA. We are a group of experienced writers who present new work each week and provide critiques of that work. For writers of all genres and ages. Please join us. Call 757 570-4120 or email donnachka@cox.net


  • 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.


  • The Writer's Studio--a place, located at 613 N. Lynnhaven Rd., Suite B, Virginia Beach, for writers to take classes. For the most recent list of classes email Elaine McFerron at here, or call (757) 486-6515.


  • Local Literary, Film, and Lectures Events--Meets the second Monday evening of every month. 922 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457-1438, (757) 426-5194


  • 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.


  • Journaling for Life, a memoir- and journal-writing support group--meets at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 4485 Virginia Beach Blvd at 7 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.


  • 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.


  • Target Novel and Screenwriting, LLC--Free writing group for 'wanna be' writers with a 'gonna be' spirit. Formed in Sept 2010. Contact the group facilitator, Milt Saunders.


  • Bayside Author's Room--writers meet Second Sunday, every month, from 5-7PM,  at AFK Books,  Bayside Shopping Center,  corner of Shore Drive and Pleasure HouseDrive, Virginia Beach.  Participants take turns at readings, critiques, play reading, script scenes by draws for professional  quality presentations.   No fees, no officers.  Contact: jeanocainfoster@cavtel.net  or   john@AFK Books.com.  Facebook page in progress or see Facebook:Jean O'Cain Foster.


  • NEW
  • Tidewater Writers--For information, email the group's organizer at this address. Members of the group currently meetup in both Norfolk and VAB and will be adding a Chesapeake location as well as another VAB location. Meetings are held the 1st Wed of the month at the IHOP in the Janif/Military Circle area (used to be the one at Granby until recently) in Norfolk and on the the third Sat of the month at the IHOP in Landstown Commons in Virginia Beach. The best way to check on meeting times would be to visit our meetup page at http://www.tidewaterwriters.com which will show all upcoming meetings.



  • NORFOLK
  • 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 the first and third Tuesday of the month at The Center for Prayer & Spiritual Growth, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church, 820 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23507, Phone: 757.625.1697


  • Tidewater Writers--For information, email the group's organizer at this address. Members of the group currently meetup in both Norfolk and VAB and will be adding a Chesapeake location as well as another VAB location. Meetings are held the 1st Wed of the month at the IHOP in the Janif/Military Circle area (used to be the one at Granby until recently) in Norfolk and on the the third Sat of the month at the IHOP in Landstown Commons in Virginia Beach. The best way to check on meeting times would be to visit our meetup page at http://www.tidewaterwriters.com which will show all upcoming meetings.


  • "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.



  • CHESAPEAKE
    NEW
  • 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. Their secretary is Lyra Totten-Naylor, and they are are open to everyone.


  • Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime--For more information, email Teresa Inge, Chapter President. Meets on Mondays at 6 PM at the Greenbrier Library, 1214 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA. 757-410-7058


  • Java Poets open-mic--Meets once a month at 7 PM at the Greenbriar Library, 1214 Volvo Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA. (just north of Greenbriar Mall). 757-410-7058



  • PORTSMOUTH
  • 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. For meeting schedule and other details, call (757) 393-8759


  • Inspired Ink writers' workshop has room for a few new members. We support emerging writers on their path to publication via technical instruction, guest speakers and community. Positive writers of all genres welcome. Join us the first Saturday of the month from 10:30-12:30 at the Churchland library in Portsmouth--4934 High Street West. Contact (757) 717-0628 or pamelawrites@hotmail.com



  • HAMPTON
  • Westhampton 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


  • Kinship of Authors--Meet the second Thursday of the Month at 6:30 PM at the Hampton Public Library--4207 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, VA 23669. For more information, contact Ann Davis.


  • Phoebus Branch Library Open Mic--Meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM. 1 South Mallory Street, Hampton, VA 23663. This is an open invitation for authors to share their writings. Contact: Ms. Harrell, 757-727-1149, for more information


  • Writers on Writing --every first and third Thursday at the Phoebus Branch Library--1 South Mallory Street, Hampton, VA 23663. Invited local authors read and give background on their work, sharing how and why they write. Contact: Ms. Harrell, 757-727-1149, for more information.



  • NEWPORT NEWS
  • 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..


  • Poetry Open Mic--Meets the fourth Friday of the month from 7-9 PM at the Barnes and Noble at 12170 Jefferson Avenue, Newport News, VA. Hosted by Ann Shalaski. For more information contact Ann Shalaski.


    Yorktown
  • James-York Chapter, Virginia Writers Club--meets on the third Saturday of every month at the Tabb Library. Membership consists of adult published and aspiring writers from Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, York County and nearby communities. Dues, $12 per year, are used primarily for speaker fees and gifts. The Virginia Writers Club, founded in 1918, is a statewide association of published professionals: poets, journalists, historians, essayists, biographers, literary scholars, technical and fiction writers, and other specialists. Dues are a mere $30 per calendar year. There are five chapters statewide, where Club members can meet on a regular basis, exchange critiques, praises and network with other writers.



  • WILLIAMSBURG
  • 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 at the Bailey's home in Williamsburg. For information contact Rick Bailey at (757) 564-7118 or Rick Bailey.


  • 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 SECOND TUESDAY of every month 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. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Isle-of-Wight-Writers-Group-Smithfield-Virginia-VA/147589885337112?id=147589885337112&sk=info


    RICHMOND
  • 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--They meet at Bon Air Library, Richmond, VA--10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


  • 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.


  • Richmond Writers Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc.. For information about this group, please email Linda Layne.



  • OTHER
  • 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.


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


  • Chesapeake Chapter of Sisters in Crime writers group--For more information, email Teresa Inge, Chapter President.


  • 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.



  • NORTH EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA
  • Page After Page Writing Group--Meets the second tuesday of each month. Meet local authors and discuss your current work, get insight and tips on publishing. For more information call 335-PAGE(7243). PAGE AFTER PAGE BOOKSTORE, 111 SOUTH WATER ST., ELIZABETH CITY, NC, 27909



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