PEER WRITING GROUPS
CAPITAL REGION, NEW YORK STATE
a free resource from Hudson Valley Writers Guild
In a peer group, non-professional writers meet in order to help one another to generate rough drafts, to revise, critique, network, or get published. Each peer group is unique. Many peer groups are private. For tips on how to form a private peer group, contact Therese L. Broderick (above).
The following peer groups are public — at least to some degree — and are sponsored by local individuals or organizations (not by the Hudson Valley Writers Guild). To ﬁnd a good match for you, read these proﬁles, contact the organizer, and sit in on a meeting.
MORE THAN ONE GENRE
Contact: John Pasquini
(518) 428-9990. When: last Tuesday evening of every month
Where: East Greenbush Community Library (East Greenbush)
For writers of novels, short stories, memoir, self-help, travel, poetry. Participants hand out copies (10 pages or less) of their work at one month’s meeting, then give feedback at the next month’s meeting.
FICTION AND NON-FICTION GROUPS
SCHENECTADY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Contact: Reference Desk at the downtown public library
388-4500, ext. 7
When: Wednesdays, 5:45pm to 8pm
Where: main Schenectady Co. Public Library (Clinton St. branch)
Two drop-in groups, free and open to the public. One meets every Wednesday at 2pm; the other meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm. Mostly fiction and non-fiction. Writers bring their own original work for feedback. For more information, call the library.
Contact: Marion Menna
When: ﬁrst Friday of every month, 1pm
Where: Bethlehem Public Library (Delmar)
Peer critiques of poetry and prose. Please bring about 8 copies to read aloud. Gentle and easy discussions. Open to everyone, all levels of experience. Check with library or Marion to be sure date has not changed.
SISTERS IN CRIME / UPSTATE NEW YORK CHAPTER /
MAVENS OF MAYHEM
When: third Saturday of every month, 10:30am
Where: Bethlehem Public Library (Delmar)
For authors, writers, readers, and booksellers of any mystery or crime sub-genre. Monthly meetings are open to the public – men and women. Regular members pay local chapter dues as well as Sisters in Crime dues. Local chapter’s critique groups are suspended until further notice. See local website for more information.
ROMANCE WRITERS OF AMERICA, INC. /
CAPITAL REGION CHAPTER
Contact: library (518) 477-7476
When: second Saturday of every month, noon to 4pm (check website for agenda).
Where: East Greenbush Public Library (East Greenbush).
The business and craft of writing romantic fiction. Critique, business meeting, program.
CHILDREN’S & YA & ILLUSTRATIONS
SOCIETY OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS /
EASTERN NEW YORK CHAPTER
Contact: Lois or Nancy
When: ﬁrst or last Monday, October to May 6:30 to 8:45 pm. Where: Guilderland Public Library (Guilderland)
Shop Talk discussion group about writing and publishing. Critique group of manuscripts. Reading group of a book-of-the-month. See local website for details.
THE SARATOGA POETRY FOCUS GROUP
Contact: Barbara Garro, MA
When: third Wednesday of every month, 9am sharp to noon
Where: Electric Envisions, Inc., 205 Regent Street (Saratoga Springs)
A poetry lovers’ critique group founded in 1990. We welcome inquiries from poets to join our supportive group. Guidelines ensure all are treated the same. Up to six poets sit around the group table. Monthly reservations by phone. Attendance may rotate to give space to those on our waiting list. Each poet gets at least 35 minutes to share poems and receive round-table feedback. Call 587-9999 for a friendly orientation conversation.
EVERY OTHER THURSDAY NIGHT (EOTN) POETRY GROUP
Contact: Dennis Sullivan
When: every second and fourth Thursday, 6:30pm, in library community room.
Where: Voorheesville Public Library (Voorheesville)
No sign-up necessary. New poets being accepted now. Copies of poems to share can be made at library free of charge.
THE STOCKADE AND WASHOUT POETS
Contact: Bill or Kathy Poppino
Since our group began in the 1970s, we have been meeting somewhat continuously in people’s homes. Currently we meet once or twice per month, and we are open to new members. Each person brings an original poem, along with enough copies for the other participants who will suggest improvements.
HUDSON VALLEY FICTION WRITERS GROUP (seeking new members, April 2014)
The Hudson Valley Fiction Writers Group has openings for new members interested in critiquing and being critiqued by a group of mutually supportive writers. The group, which meets every other Wednesday at 7 p.m., was founded by former Guild officer, Joachim Frank, and has been active for nearly 30 years. We welcome new, as well as experienced, writers. If you are interested, please contact Noelle at email@example.com and attach 4-5 pages of recent work from a short story or novel.
FICTION WRITERS GROUP (note from compiler: not updated since Nov. 2012)
Contact: Winifred Elze
When: Tuesday of every week, 6:30 pm
Where: Barnes & Noble cafe, Colonie Center mall (Colonie)
A critique group for published and unpublished authors of novels, short stories.
ONLINE CRITIQUE FORUMS
This partial list is for general information only. These sites are not sponsored by, nor necessarily endorsed by, the HVWG. Be cautious when using online critique forums.
A) Writing Forums (by membership) http://www.writingforums.org/
Scroll far down to “The Writing Workshop.” Review and critique forums for stories, poetry, non-fiction, novels, songs, scripts, and fan fiction. From the website: “The Writing Workshop exists as a venue for members to give and receive reviews and critiques. The purpose of this workshop is to act as a means for constructive criticism to help improve everyone’s writing, and is not meant as only a venue to display your work.”
B) Swirl and Swing http://swirlandswinginformation.wordpress.com/
For poetry. From the website: “Swirl and Swing is a private poetry critique group. If you’re interested in joining us, email Ingrid, the group administrator, at swirl.and.swing2010 [at] gmail.com with a brief bio and two poetry samples that are representative of your work.”
C) Critique Circle http://www.critiquecircle.com/about.asp
For fiction. From the website: “Critique Circle runs on a credit system. You “pay” three credits to submit a story, and receive credits for writing a critique of someone else’s story. The credits you receive range from 1/2 to 2 per crit, depending on the length of the crit and the length of the story. If you purchase a premium subscription, you have three credits from the start and can submit a story right away! If you’re a regular member, you start with two credits — therefore you need to critique a story or two before you can submit your own work.”
D) Filmmaker IQ
Post your screenplay for feedback.