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: Downers Grove Writers Workshop – This critique group has been in continuous service to writers since 1980. Participation is open to all genres and styles and to all skill levels.
Where: Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove, IL 60515, First Floor Meeting Room
When: 2nd and 4th Mondays, 7:00-9:00 PM
Contact: Fredric W. Meek (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Larry Zoeller (email@example.com)
Website: For more information: https://sites.google.com/site/dgwritersws/home
Name: Writers on the Fox – This writer’s peer group will inspire and motivate you using prompts and exercises for creative writing. 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
Website: For more information: http://www.gailborden.info/events
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: Every other 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 Tuesday 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 Rick Holinger, designed for experienced/published authors for whom writing is considered not merely a hobby, but a business and/or career. All genres may be submitted for critique.
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) – Check the library calendar for dates in July and August 2017! Beginning 9/17, we’ll be meeting the second Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the large conference room upstairs.
Contact: Paula Krapf – email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Times and locations vary – contact Don
Contact: Don Hunt (email@example.com, 630-209-7710)
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. New location starts June 14–in room 42 in the new Science Building, at the corner of Loomis and Van Buren.
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 Workshop
Description: A writing workshop for all stages and styles of writing. Come and share, learn how and we all will benefit from each other. Susan Schubert will be facilitating the group. Limited to 15 at this time.
Where: Elburn’s Town and Country Library, 320 E. North St, Elburn, Il 60119
When: 1st Wednesday of the month (7-8:30 pm)
Contact: Please register with library at 630-365-2244 or online.
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.
- Daily Projects Coffee, 124 S Ramdall Rd Algonquin IL
- Culture Stock Books, 43 N Galena, Aurora IL (June through early August)
Contact: Diana Zwinak – firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: St. Charles Writing Group – led by Lisa Macaione, 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: Denise Blaszynski – https://www.scpld.org/send-email-denise-blaszynski
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, Vice President, email@example.com