I have tried to compile a list of local writer's groups. If I have missed any, please let me know.
R-SPEC: Rochester Speculative Literature Writers Association
R-SPEC is a group of writers, readers and thinkers in the Rochester NY area, that exists to celebrate and create speculative literature. We hold public meetings once a month to discuss new ideas and critically examine the literature we care about. You can help by joining us at a meeting, or becoming a member.
First Tuesday of the month
Barnes & Noble Pittsford
3349 Monroe Ave
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Word Weavers Critique Group
Second Tuesday of the month (Except August.)
Monroe Community College
“After entering the main campus at entrance B or C, head northeast along the inner campus road to parking Lot F and enter the northern door of Building 4. Come down the hallway, past the student lounge area and on into Building 12, Room 101. Our signs will be up to guide the way and we'll be sure the coffee is ready to warm you right up! And please, if you have a friend or family member tagging along for the ride, or maybe just curious what this critique group is all about, do bring them in to warm up, sip coffee, and just enjoy the writing right along with us. We promise we won't bite. :)”
Rachel E. Dewey firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kimberly Wehner’s writing group
Second Thursday of the month
Barns & Noble Greece
330 Greece Ridge Center
Rochester, NY, 14626
This group is believed to be the largest in the Rochester area. Moderator Wehner starts each session with a brief talk on the topic of the day, then will supply a writing prompt for a ten minute free write. Everyone will be invited to share what they have written (no one is forced). The next hour (or so) is spent critiquing short pieces from the group.
Kim Wehner (Facilitator) email@example.com
Steve Yates firstname.lastname@example.org
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Write The Night Away
Third Friday of the month
St. John Fisher College
Drive to the Main Entrance of Fisher at the intersection of Rt. 96 & East Avenue.(which at the point becomes 96 and 31F. There is a light there. When you enter the main entrance ,you will immediately veer to the right (don't go straight) where you will see a sign that says CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP. The AB parking lot will be on your direct left with another sign telling you to park there. There are a group of buildings toward the east. Park as close to them as you can get. When you walk toward them, there will be another sign (and my husband) directing you to enter the Scalny Building. There are signs every few feet in the building which lead you directly to the Golisano Gateway where you want to be.
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Lilac City Rochester Writers (LCRW)
LCRW, located in Rochester, NY is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing writers of all genres. Our goal is to help guide members along their individual writing paths.
Fourth Saturday of the month
Gates Town Hall
1605 Buffalo Rd
Rochester, NY 14624
Park in the main library lot. Use the entrance is on your left, the police entry. The room is the first on your left.
Patti Olesik: email@example.com
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Writing: A Way Through Grief
*sponsored by Lifetime Care Center for Compassion and Healing
*facilitated by Cathy Spoto
*eight sessions, beginning in September, 7-9PM, meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
*located at Lifetime Care Center for Compassion and Healing, 3111 Winton Rd. South
People who have experienced the death of a loved one and are looking for active ways to express and manage challenging grief reactions will find this group helpful. Each session addresses a specific theme, includes time for “hot writing,” sharing of home writing, and support for personal exploration. The focus is on using writing as a process to discover and connect with feelings; it is not so much about producing a polished finished product. Music, art, and poetry are used to inspire writing and provide additional opportunities for creative expression.
*Phone interview with Cathy Spoto is required prior to participation.
* This program is limited to 12 paricipants.
* Contact Cathy at 254-6983 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register or for more information.