Check out one of the 20 area writers’ groups below. With so many to choose from, there is sure to be one to fit your needs and schedule! Each one is unique, but in 2014 the Geneva Library held an event in which several group leaders described their groups. You can view the video here.
Name: Writers on the Fox – Get your creative juices flowing–join us for an evening of thought-provoking writing prompts and constructive critique. All genres are welcome.
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N Grove Ave., Elgin
When: 4th Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM
Contact: Lisa Diven – firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: A-Town Poetics – Open to all writers looking for support, critiques, and collaboration.
Where: West Branch of the Aurora Public Library, 233 S. Constitution, Aurora
When: 7pm – every other Tuesday – Check website
Contact: Karen Christensen – email@example.com
Name: Fox Valley Writers Group
Where: North Aurora Messenger Library – 113 Oak Street, North Aurora, IL 60542
When: 7 PM 2nd and 4th Tuesday – go to the library website calendar for next meeting date
Name: Inklings and Speculations – focused on fiction with some sort of “speculative” element: Science fiction, fantasy, mystery, etc
Note: We’re full now – contact Don Hunt to get on our group’s waiting list.
Where: Old Towne Pub – 201 West State Street, Geneva, IL
When: First and Third Tuesdays of the Month, from 8 PM to 11 PM (Call to confirm, in case of day change)
Contact: Don Hunt, firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-209-7710
Website: Contact Don for Dropbox link
Name: Night Writers – led by Richard Holinger, designed for experienced/published authors for whom writing is considered not merely a hobby, but a business and/or career.
Where: Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva, IL 60134
When: 4th Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 PM (with some exceptions, see Library Calendar to confirm the date)
Website: www.gpld.org (find the calendar under the Programs & Events tab)
Name: Prairie Avenue Writers
Where: Panera Bread, 39 S. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, IL 60068
When: 2nd Tuesday of each month
Contact: Sue Fox McGovern, email@example.com
Name: Day Jammers
Focus: Block out time on your calendar and actually write whatever you want in the company of other writers! Say hi and get busy!
Where: Old Towne Pub basement -201 West State Street, Geneva, IL – (Location may change-check ahead)
When: Days and time vary – contact Don
Contact: Don Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org, 630-209-7710)
Name: Writer’s Night
Where: Eola Branch – Aurora Public Library – 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora, Illinois 60504
When: 2nd Tuesday of the Month at 6:30 PM
Name: Fox Valley Writers & Poets – Aurora, Naperville, Woodridge & vicinity
Description: Our goals include assisting new, existing, and veteran writers to communicate their projects with peers who can respect and give informative and intelligent feedback to the writer in question. Our organizers specialize in helping to refine, edit, and finalize manuscripts for publication. We also attend numerous Open Mic Events.
Upcoming: An exciting workshop for Spoken Word / Slam Poetry performers.
Where: Boston Market Restaurant (Varies by month – Naperville, Aurora, Geneva, Lombard)
When: Meetings on the 2nd Wed every month AND Open Mic at Frugal Muse Books in Darien on the 3rd Wed of every month.
Contact: Jeremy Moat, email@example.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/groups/foxvalleywp/ (closed Facebook group)
Name: Naperville Writers Group – 50 members throughout the western suburbs
Description: Creative and dedicated people who will share your passion for writing and offer you the opportunity to develop your craft and receive thoughtful, positive and useful critiques.
Of Note: The annual literary publication, Rivulets, encourages submissions from within the group. Published authors, agents and publishers occasionally give presentations, which are open to the public for a small fee.
Where: Kroehler Science Center, Rm 204, North Central College, Naperville IL.
When: Meetings every Wednesday evening, 7-9 PM. Lively discussions often continue at a local restaurant after the meeting.
Fee: Attend a few meetings free of charge, but we ask for $55 annually if you decide to become a member.
Description: A non-formal and friendly mix of writers both new and experienced. Writers are invited to share a work each visit for feedback and suggestions. The moderator is happy to make copies of works, and longer works may be shared in advanced by e-mailing. Other activities include writing exercises, flash writing with prompts, suggestions and news beneficial to writers. Current membership is a diverse group of 4-5 writers and growing. Join us!
Of Note: Cookies are often supplied and there is a coffee shop in the library.
Where: The Board room at The Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 N. Municipal Drive, Sugar Grove IL. 630-466-4686
When: Meetings the second Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Fee: no fee
Contact: Shannon Halikias at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Writers Anonymous – we write to prompts (up to 5 or so, depending on the number of attendees and time) and read our work to the group.
Where: Graham’s 318 – 318 S. 3rd St., Geneva, IL – We meet in one of the rooms upstairs.
When: 7pm on Thursdays
Contact: Kitty Jarman – email@example.com
Name: Write Time Writer’s Group
Where: Unitarian Church in Geneva (Second & James)
When: 2nd and 4th Thursdays (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm)
Name: Wordplay – FREE, teen-centered writing workshops, open mics and featured performers each month, focused around spoken word and poetry. For current dates, times & locations, visit twaap.org/events or “Like” us at facebook.com/TeenWritersAndArtists/
When: Thursdays or Fridays, 6-9 or 7-10 pm
- T-WAAP HQ, 216 Prairie, Elgin, IL.
- MYStage, Charlestowne Mall, 3800 E. Main, St. Charles, IL.
- Mooseheart, Rt. 31, Batavia, IL.
Contact: Diana Zwinak – firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: St. Charles Writing Group – led by Richard Holinger, for novice and experienced writers with a desire to become better while helping others reach their potential.
Where: St. Charles Public Library – 1 S 6th St St Charles, Illinois 60174
When: 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month at 9:15 AM
Contact: Pam Salomone – email@example.com
Name: Poets and Patrons of Chicago ($20 for annual membership); We also hold Write! Chicago workshops in the Chicago area where we meet at museums, art galleries, or nature preserves and write…
Where: Harold Washington Library in Chicago
When: 4 times a year on Saturdays (see website for next meeting)
Contact: Caroline Johnson, President, firstname.lastname@example.org