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Welcome to the Writers' Corner. This table is reserved for writers and writing groups. Thanks!

Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books hosts many! Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals.

These groups are free and open to newcomers and drop-ins. Feel free to just show up!* For more information, email Writing@villagebooks.com.
 
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All VB WRITES...WRITING GROUPS are open to newcomers and drop-ins!*
SHUT UP AND WRITE

Meets every Friday from 9:15-11am in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the bookstore.
A generative session of focused writing on a project of your choice. This is a place to work in quiet, but in tacit silent support, with other writers. You may be working on a work presentation, or write in the spirit of "free-writing." Everything is welcome! We check in for 10-15 minutes and commit to a specific piece, or topic. Then the timer starts for 75 minutes. We wrap-up afterwards with any insights or celebrations. There is no reading aloud, although we do share ideas on tech tools, conferences, agents, submission ideas, and more. Facilitated by Kendra Wagner. To learn more about SU&W, visit https://shutupandwrite.com.

NONFICTION & MEMOIR

Meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 9:30-11am in the Readings Gallery.
What is your story? What matters to you most? This interactive group will comprise simpatico nonfiction writers to support each other's writing. Work on your memoir, personal essay, opinion piece, manifesto, flash, reflection, or any other nonfiction on any topic. We will use prompts to generate ideas and deepen insights. We will respectfully critique each other's work and learn together. We will share passages that inform our writing. We will create a welcoming and motivating writing community. All experience levels welcome. Please come ready to share. This is a new group and over the first couple meetings we'll discuss YOUR  goals in joining the group. Facilitated by local writer Karen Franklin.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ANONYMOUS 

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10:30-11:30am in the Readings Gallery.
Do you enjoy being in nature and writing about it? Are you concerned about human's impact on the Earth or are you experiencing ecological grief? This writing group will offer opportunities for observation and self-reflection and regular prompts that center on regional flora and fauna, climate change, and ecology. Passages and poems from notable environmental writers will also be shared regularly. All levels welcome. This group is facilitated by local poet and writer, Jessica Gigot.

FICTION I

Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 6-8pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the bookstore.
The VB Writes Fiction Group feature a unique array of members, whose experience range from those attempting to discover their voice, to those aspiring toward that completed novel. All members come to the group with an open mind, ready to critique a wide variety of writing styles. We ask that new members attend at least two meetings prior to submitting their own work for critique. We look forward to learning more about your current or upcoming fiction project, as well as your background in writing. Facilitators: Kenneth Meyer and Tom Altreu.

FICTION II  

Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 6-8pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the bookstore.
This group is open to all general fiction categories: short stories, horror, mystery, fantasy, speculative, memoirish, children's stories, and even theatre/screenplay. We are not dividing the two fiction groups by subject matter or subgenre. Facilitated by Robert Phillips. For more information, please email rsphillips@gmail.com.

SPECULATIVE FICTION 

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 6-8pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the bookstore.
This group is open to all fiction that includes elements of the unreal. Writing that includes elements of science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, weird fiction, fabulism, folk tales, fairy-tale inspired work, superheroes, etc. and anything else beyond the realm of realistic fiction is welcome. We focus on the elements of strong fiction including character, plot, setting, pacing, and mechanics of good writing. This is a workshop group, which means we share our writing with the goal of receiving feedback to inspire revision and further development as writers. Facilitated by Alissa DeLaFuente. For more information about how to join, please email almdlf@gmail.com.

CHILDREN'S PICTURE BOOK CRITIQUE GROUP 

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 6-8pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the bookstore.
This group is for writers of Children's Picture Books who want to grow as writers and receive objective feedback about their material. There will be guidelnes for the writer and the reviewers so each person can improve their craft in a safe setting.  A valued group member will produce written work on a regular basis, thoughtfully critique the work of others, and contribute positive energy and insights.

EVENING POETRY GROUP 

Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays from 5:30-7pm in the Writers Corner on the Mezzanine
Are you a poet in search of a poetry group? Please bring about six copies of one original poem of yours to share and be read out loud. Come meet other writers as we discuss the art of poetry, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. Facilitated by John S Green.

MORNING POETRY GROUP

Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays from 10:30-Noon, in the Readings Gallery
Are you a poet in search of a poetry group? Please bring at least one original poem of yours to share and be read out loud. Come meet other writers as we discuss the art of poetry, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals.

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WRITING FROM PROMPTS

Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 10:30am-Noon, in the Readings Gallery
Join us as we respond to 2-3 prompts each session. Writing includes all forms and genres of writing. Let your imagination go wild. We will time each write for 15-20 minutes then share our stories in a safe, supportive setting. Facilitated by Linda Conroy.

*Please note that meeting times may vary during the holidays. Check our events calendar to confirm meeting times.