Writing Groups

Notice: During the global health crises our in person meets have been suspended but we have a very active Facebook Group and multiple groups meeting via Zoom. In place of our monthly meeting in the city library we are hosting Facebook watch parties which feature interviews with local writers.


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!

  • Kids Lit: A new writing group for writing children’s literature, including YA- young adult. Meets 4th Mondays evenings, currently on Zoom. Contact Kate for Zoom link: kate@katelanders.com
  • Creative Nonfiction & Poetry
    When: Monthly on the first Tuesday, 5:45 pm – 8:00 pm
    Where: The Broad Street Grille in the Chattanoogan Hotel
    Co-Facilitators: Sherry Poff (poffmeister@comcast.net) and John C. Mannone (jcmannone@gmail.com) ​
  • Fiction @ Hixson
    The Hixson writers group is also known as the Crazy Buffet Club and they have published two editions of an anthology by that name. They are currently meeting online. Contact Kelle Z. Riley (kelleriley1@gmail.com) The Hixon writers have published a collection of their works called “Crazy Buffet” Purchase here: https://www.amazon.com/Crazy-Buffet-BBQ-Helping-Stories/dp/1652835598/
  • North Georgia Writers Group for Fiction and Nonfiction (a CWG Critique Group)
    When: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 3:00pm
    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, 7:00 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: Virginia Perry (vlsperry@msn.com, 706-847-0857)  ​
  • Rogue Christian Writers Anonymous
    When: Monthly on the 2nd Fridays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Where: Zoom until further notice, then back to Hamilton Place Barnes & Noble, @ Starbucks in the back.
    Facilitator: Kelly C. Hanwright (kchanwright@gmail.com) Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2043580352386562
  • Ekphrasis: Art Inspiring Art weekly prompt given on the CWG Facebook group followed by a Thursday evening Zoom meeting, led by John C. Mannone. Visit the Facebook Group to join.

Anyone is welcome to visit the any (or all) of our groups to see if any is a good fit for you; however, membership in the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild is required for regular participants.

Additional Groups

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

  • Open Mic at The Well
    ​​Group meets every Monday at The Well, 1800 Rossville Avenue, just off Main Street. At 7:30 pm, there is a potluck supper, and other festivities begin at 8:00. Poets, authors, musicians, stand up comics, spoken word artists, performance artists, and singer-songwriters are welcome. The venue is a church and has some restrictions on content, though some performers have pushed that envelope a bit.
    Facilitator: Ray Zimmerman (znaturalist@gmail.com)

Owl Towne Writers
Group meets monthly on the first and third Thursdays at 6:00 PM in the Resurrection Lutheran Church at 4309 Ootelwah-Ringgold Road. Open to any writing style.
Facilitator: Ken Crane (owltowne@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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