Are you a writer in the Greater Philadelphia area? Read on for places to network and refine your craft, as recommended by local writers.
A new writers group has started at the Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 W. Mt. Airy Ave., Philadelphia. The group is actively looking for new members and for people who might like to do a reading, talk about the world of publishing, or bring their books for sale. The next meeting of the writers group will be held at noon on Sunday, April 13. All writers, from beginners to the professionally published, are welcome. Participants are asked for a $5 donation.
Brandywine Valley Writers Group, founded in 2003 for professional and amateur writers, meets monthly in West Chester and hosts readings, talks and social events.
Main Line Writers Group is open to writers of all genres and meets monthly in King of Prussia. The group hosts speakers, offers writer critiques at meetings (see site for details), and has even published a collection of writings by group members.
Wilmington Writers Group meets monthly in Wilmington, Delaware, offering guest speakers and writer critiques. The first meeting is free. Afterward, an annual membership costs $40.
The Writers Coffeehouse is an active newsgroup of local writers who also gather once a month for meetings.
Musehouse in Chestnut Hill offers classes in poetry, fiction, memoirs, playwriting, non-fiction and publishing. The spring workshops are already started, but check out the calendar for readings and other upcoming events.
The Word Studio will be offering online classes this summer on essays and fiction in Cheltenham Township.
Greater Philadelphia Wordshop Studio offers classes and “wordshops” in Delaware County and Center City .
Helen W. Mallon, author and writing coach, teaches creative writing workshops in Chestnut Hill.
Others include Janet Mason’s workshop at the Mt. Airy Learning Tree, writing classes for young writers and adult writers at Big Blue Marble Books in Mt. Airy, the Philadelphia Writers Workshop by Rachel Kobin, workshops run by Philadelphia Stories and occasional writing workshops at ArtSpace in Lansdowne and the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center.
This is part one of a series of articles on writing resources in the Philadelphia area. Look for upcoming articles on open mic nights and readings, book festivals and more.