Writing Groups

Types of groups – Some of the groups listed below are true critique groups with the purpose of reviewing selections of a member’s work and offering suggestions for improvements in content, mechanics, and style. Others are discussion groups on samples of work or on a genre itself that may inform a member’s work. To determine the kind of group and whether it meets your needs, attend one or more meetings or contact the group’s facilitator(s).

Check ahead – Very rarely a meeting will be canceled, so be sure to contact the facilitator before attending a critique group for the first time. You need not bring a piece for critique in order to check out our groups!

  • Kid Lit: A writing group for children’s literature, from picture books to young adult. When: Meets last Monday of the month, 7:00 PM (***on hold until September 2023***) Where: Usually online, but occasionally IRL Facilitator: Kate Landers (kidlitgroupcwg@gmail.com)
  • Creative Nonfiction & Poetry
    When: Monthly on the first Tuesday, 7:00 PM
    Where: The Broad Street Grille in the Chattanoogan Hotel, currently on Zoom
    Co-Facilitators: Sherry Poff (poffmeister@comcast.net) and John C. Mannone (jcmannone@gmail.com) ​
  • Fiction @ Hixson
    When: Monthly on the first and third Tuesdays, 5:30 PM
    Where: Currently meeting on Zoom
    Facilitator: Kelle Z. Riley (kzriley1@gmail.com)
    The Hixson writers group is also known as the Crazy Buffet Club and they have published several editions of an anthology by that name. Purchase here: Crazy Buffet on Amazon
  • North Georgia Writers Group for Fiction and Nonfiction (a CWG Critique Group)
    When: Second and fourth Thursday of each month at 3:00 PM
    Where: Panera Bread, 2620 Battlefield Parkway in Ft. Oglethorpe 
    Facilitator: Barbara Tucker (btbarbaratucker11@gmail.com) or at “Northwest Georgia Writers Group Ft. Oglethorpe Version 2” <northwest-georgia-writers-group-ft-oglethorpe-version-2@googlegroups.com
  • Poetry
    When: Monthly on the third Thursday, 6:00 PM
    Where: Helga Kidder’s home in Chattanooga
    Facilitator: Helga Kidder (423-313-6789) ​
  • Speculative Fiction
    When: Monthly on the fourth Tuesday at 7:00 PM
    Where: Varies; email the facilitator for details
    Facilitator: James Paris, jsparis71@gmail.com   ​
  • Rogue Christian Writers Anonymous
    When: Monthly on the second Fridays, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM (***On hold until further notice. In need of a facilitator. If you would like to bring this group back, please contact info@chattanoogawritersguild.org.***)
    Where: Zoom until further notice, then back to Hamilton Place Barnes & Noble, @ Starbucks in the back.
    Facilitator: None
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2043580352386562
  • Ekphrasis: Art Inspiring Art weekly prompt given on the Writers of Chattanooga Facebook group followed by a Thursday evening Zoom meeting, led by John C. Mannone. Visit the Facebook Group to join.

Additional Groups

CWG does not sponsor or oversee groups listed below. They are community groups and are open to public participation.

Open Mic (formerly at The Well)

Group meets every Tuesday night at 7:30 PM at Home Slice Pizza, 2000 E 23rd St. Poets, storytellers, authors, musicians, stand up comics, spoken word artists, performance artists, and singer-songwriters are welcome. All ages & abilities are invited. 
Facilitator: Ray Zimmerman (znaturalist@gmail.com)

Open Mic Night at Barnes and Noble

Group meets monthly on the last Friday (except for November and December) at 7:30 PM, in the Hamilton Place Barnes & Noble at 2100 Hamilton Place Boulevard.
Facilitator: KB Ballentine (kb@kbballentine.com)

The Meacham Writers’ Workshop

Occurring each fall and spring, the workshop is free and open to the public; there is no registration. The program consists of readings, discussion sessions, and group conferences. ​

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