Writing Groups

  • CWG Critique Groups

    Writers for the Christian Market

    Group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, at 1st Presbyterian Church (McCallie at Douglas Street) in Room 405 of the Tower.

    Contact: Marcia Swearingen (mswearingen@comcast.net)

    Creative Nonfiction & Poetry

    Group meets the 1st Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM, at The Chattanoogan’s restaurant, Broad Street Grille (Mountain Room).

    Co-Facilitators: Sherry Poff (poffmeister@comcast.net) and John C. Mannone (jcmannone@earthlink.net)

    Etowah Writers Alliance

    Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, in the new Community Center just off Hwy 30, north of Etowah. Primarily fiction writers but all genre welcome!

    Contact: Grant Fetters (GrantCAD@gmail.com)

    Fiction @ Wally’s

    Group meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 6:00 PM, at Wally’s (I-75 & Ringgold Road).

    Contact: Chris Connley (cmc.tn@reagan.com)

    Fiction @ Hixson

    Group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM, at Ryan’s Steakhouse on Hixson Pike, Hixson.

    Contact: Pete Sculley (psculley@sculleysnet.com)

    North Georgia Writers Group for Fiction and Nonfiction

    Group meets the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 3:30 PM, in the Catoosa Library at the Colonnade. Members are not required to attend both meetings. (The group does not meet during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.)

    Contact: Bruce Gaughran (bruce.thewriterscorner@gmail.com)


    Group meets the 3rd Thursday, 7:00 PM, at Helga Kidder’s home in Chattanooga.

    Contact: Helga Kidder (423-313-6789)

    Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Paranormal

    Group meets the 4th Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM, at the Broad Street Grille in The Chattanooogan Hotel.

    Contact: Virginia Perry (vlsperry@msn.com)

    Anyone is welcome to visit the any of the CWG Critique Groups listed to see if one is a good fit for you; however, membership in the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild is required for regular participants. It’s easy to join and a great bargain at $25 annually ($15 for students). 

    Independent Groups

    Owl Towne Writers

    Group meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month, 6:00 PM, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 4309 Ootelwah-Ringgold Rd. Free, open to any writing style.

    Contact: Ken Crane (owltowne@gmail.com)

    Open Mic Night at Barnes and Noble

    Group meets the final Friday of each month, except for November and December.

    Contact: KB Ballentine (kb@kbballentine.com)

    Chattarosa: Chattanooga Women’s Writing Group

    Group meets the 3rd Saturday of each month.

    Contact: Carol White