Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Local Writer's Groups

I have tried to compile a list of local open 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.

When: First Tuesday of the month
Time: 7:00PM
Where: Barnes & Noble Pittsford, 3349 Monroe Ave, Rochester, NY
Contact: 586-6020,

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Word Weavers Critique Group

"Word Weavers of Western New York is a Christian writer's critique group in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes Region devoted to helping Christian writers follow God's creative call. Pursuing excellence, we seek to sharpen one another's writing "as iron sharpens iron," (Prov. 27:17) helping writers of all skill levels, beginners to advanced, hone their word crafting skills and reach publication goals. However, we are open to members of all faiths and welcome all writers regardless of religious background or beliefs.

A sister group of the original Word Weavers Christian Writer's Critique Group in Orlando, FL, and now part of the national CWG Word Weavers organization, we meet monthly in Henrietta, 6:30 - 9 p.m. We invite you to join us!"
Rachel E. Dewey

When: Second Tuesday of the month (August is a picnic/social gathering)
Where: 32 Wildbriar Road, Rochester, NY 14623
Time: 6:30PM
Directions: Wildbriar Road is just off East Hennrietta Road, just south of the Genesee Expy. The entrance is on the right. Look for the sign. (I thought it was a road the first time I say it.) Pull around to the front and follow the signs after you enter the building.

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Kimberly Wehner’s writing group

This group is believed to be the largest group 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.

When: Second Thursday of the month
Time: 7:00
Where: Barns & Noble Greece, 330 Greece Ridge Center, Rochester, NY, 14626
Kim Wehner (Facilitator)
Steve Yates

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Write The Night Away
When: Third Friday of every other month
Time: 7:00PM
Where: Golisano Gateway, 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.
Dee 385-7310

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The 2000 Word Club at Pitsford’s Barnes & Noble.

SHORT STORy writers, MEMOIRistS, CREATIVE ESSAYists, FABLErS, humoristS, PROSE POEtS, EXPERIMENTALists, FLASH FICTIONalists... Share your writing with us, hang out, discuss craft issues. Our only requirement, that you are wildly enthusiastic about good prose writing—yours, ours—that weighs in less than 2000 words.

Where: Pittsford’s Barnes & Noble, 3349 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618
Time: 7:00-
Len Messineo 585-338-9164

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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.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month (Check the web site at for exceptions.)
Time: 10:00AM
Where: 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:

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Writing: A Way Through Grief

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.
*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

* This program is limited to 12 participants.
* Contact Cathy at 254-6983 or to register or for more information.

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