Writing Groups

Writing Groups are the heart of Writers' Village.  Members may join or start their own groups. With over 1,000 members from around the world, you're sure to find the right group and make new friends. Groups looking for members post notices on our forum, or you can simply ask to join. You'll find we're a friendly community. Some groups have size limits and will indicate if they've reached full capacity. Writing groups work best with 5 to 15 members, depending on the writing interests. For example, novel writing/critiquing groups like to stay small and manageable.

Featured Group

Moderator: Charity

Money, Marketing, and Muses: The process of sending your writing into the world

From evaluating markets to formatting manuscripts, we’re here to help you pursue your publishing journey--from traditional markets to independent publication, short stories, nonfiction, and poetry. Everyone is welcome. 

Artistic License: Celebrating life, love, laughter in the pursuit of empowerment and publication.

Beta Test Readers: The group is much as the name implies. A final read thru and short critique of Short stories, Novelettes, or Novels that members give to a finished story before its sent out to a publisher or other good home.

The Cafe: A friendly place where WVU members can visit to have their work read, and to read the works of others.

Creative Energy Unlimited: This group welcomes all who want to practice fiction as an organic work of art, rather than using formulas. The process of "dreamstorming", as described by Robert Olen Butler, is the foundation of our approach to writing, though prior knowledge of this method is not required. Members set goals for their writing and hone their craft through study, discussion, practice and feedback.

Flash Dance: The Flash Dance study group focuses on Flash Fiction, defined as a maximum of 1,000 words with a complete story arc. All styles, genres, and levels of expertise are welcome. Members may post one story per week. Feedback on all stories is mandatory.

The Finish Line: Clearly stated goals are the step between what you want and what you get. This group helps writers at any level achieve what they desire most as goals change an obscure dream into a blueprint for action.

Hemingway Hall: An eclectic mix of writers dedicated to good writing, good feedback and good work. All genres & styles welcome.

Inspirational Writers: Supportive, positive group for writers of Inspirational and varied types of writing. Christian atmosphere with all faiths welcome. "Cold Pricklies" (honest feedback) served daily.

Julia Cameron Group: A writing group focused on the works of Julia Cameron with in-depth discussions and exercises based on her books.

Memoirist Group: A group dedicated to helping members write their life stories.

Metaphor Group: This group is dedicated to the discussion and exploration of conceptual metaphor and its practical applications in writing(and life}. Former students of the MFA Metaphor courses are encouraged to join. The group is open to all with an interest. Readings are available for those who have not taken the course.

METHOD and MADNESS is a long-term workgroup focused on studying and completing the exercises in Alice LaPlante's "The Making of A Story". The group will study one of the fourteen text sections each month with a primary emphasis on literary fiction; members will post exercises and complete brief critiques of others' posts. Purchase of the book is required; previous MFA500 completion is be useful, but is not required. If interested in joining, please post an introduction or contact a moderator directly via PM.

Micro Fiction Café: Welcome to the Flash and Micro Fiction Café, where there is always fresh coffee, good company and plenty of great flash fiction. Do you love flash and micro fiction, but have limited time around other commitments and courses? Stop by anytime to post your own flash or micro fiction, or to read and comment on pieces posted by others.

Middle Earth: Scribes, Taverns and Trees: Fantasy joins Reality at a table piled high with rich characters and meaty plots. Shared stories and comments for dessert.

Misfits Writing Group: We write in more than one genre and form, but take learning the craft seriously and are committed to supporting our members.

Money, Marketing, and Muses: The process of sending your writing into the world. From evaluating markets to formatting manuscripts, we’re here to help you pursue your publishing journey--from traditional markets to independent publication, short stories, nonfiction, and poetry. Everyone is welcome.

Mystery Writers Group: Home of detectives, spies, crime fighters, amateur sleuths, etc.

Mythic Madness: A writers group dedicated to the Hero's Journey/Mythic Structure paradigm

Mythic Studies: Mythic Studies is at maximum capacity and cannot accept new members at this time. Focus Study Group devoted to the craft and study of Mythic Structure in story-telling as described by Christopher Vogler and Joseph Campbell. This is an intensive workshop-style group with mandatory feedback, exercises and chats. Members have completed all four courses in Mythic Structure offered at WVU and are creating or revising novels, short stories or non-fiction works that incorporate the Hero's Journey in discernible form. This group is closed to new members as of January, 2013. We will seek new members as the next round of Mythic Structure courses are offered and completed at WVU.

Natural World: For all who enjoy nature, the environment, animals and travel. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and novels with nature or travel related themes are welcome.

911 Writers Group: A group of zany writers adopt animal personalities, helping boost the creative process, while doing some very serious writing in all genres.

Non-fiction Group: For writers of non-fiction books; articles, essays, opinion pieces and columns; and freelance and staff journalists

The Novel Writer's Group: The Novel Writer's Group is a workshop for members to post chapters of their novels and exchange critiques. The initial post should include an outline of the novel and the 1st chapter. Completed novels and works in progress may be posted one chapter at a time. If your chapters are very long -- in excess of 25 pages, you may need to break them into sections.

Passion For Prose: For writers of novel-length fiction who are dedicated to honing their skills, giving and receiving honest critiques, and networking with like-minded authors.

Persist and Publish: This writing group is for writers who are working on novels, have an understanding of the basic concepts of fiction writing, and who want to give and receive honest and detailed feedback.

Screenwriting Group: The goal of the screenwriters group is to assist one another to identify the characteristics of market quality scripts (Story, structure, plot points, character arcs) and support authors with constructive ideas/suggestions. Secondary goal is to support authors with completed scripts through the marketing process.

Shadow Land: A writing group committed to writing Speculative Fiction (Horror, Gothic, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and any combination thereof). New blood always welcome.

Stories: Short to not so short fiction (300 to 30000 words). All genres are welcome. A good writing group for beginning writers. Constructive feedback provided.

Sweethearts of the Rodeo: This is an intense study group that involves the reading and discussion of short stories as well as articles and books on craft. It is not for beginners. The focus is on literary and mainstream short stories, and the work requires a commitment of many hours a week. Word count is 1,500 to 6,500.

Word Slingers: A writing group that focuses on novel writing

Word Weavers: Focuses on poetry, poetry critiquing, and some poetics. For beginning and experienced poets

Young Adults and Children's Hour: The ultimate playground hangout for every story, toddler to teen.




 New Classes Begin Every Week.
All courses are free to members.  


L239 Louisa May Alcott Short Story (Aug 07)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 08)
MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count (Aug 09)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 15)
MFA216 Voice and Style (Aug 16)
L240 Susan Glaspell Short Story (Aug 21)
P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound (Aug 22)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 22)
MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration (Aug 23)
MFA709 The Difficult Imagination Part 3 (Aug 27)
B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character (Aug 29)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 29)
MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them (Aug 30)
MFA250: How to Hook the Reader (Aug 30)


L241 Willa Cather Short Story (Sept 04)
F220: Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters (1 Week) (Sept 05)
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form (Sept 05)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 05)
MFA355: Verse Forms (Sept 06)
MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image (Sept 06)
MFA704 THE ART OF TIME (Sept 10)
MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop (Sept 10)
L305 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Sept 11)
P172 Poetry Triggers - Using Music as an Inspiration to Write Poetry (Sept 12)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 12)
B154 Finding Your Voice (Sept 12)
B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith (Sept 12)
MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction (Sept 13)
MFA251: Story Focus (Sept 13)
L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Sept 18)
F2K Creative Writing Course (Sept 19)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 19)
B306 The Middle - Part One: Time and Space (Sept 19)
MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative (Sept 20)
MFA756: Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Workshop (Sept 24)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Sept 26)
B307 The Middle Part Two: Bringing Abstract Ideas to Life (Sept 26)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 26)
MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision (Sept 27)
MFA252 Emotions and POV (Sept 27)