I'm always looking to add some more New Jersey writing groups.
Scroll down for a list of the New Jersey Writing groups I currently have on file, with links to websites where available.
GROUPS WITH MEETINGS IN TWO OR MORE COUNTIESWOMEN WHO WRITE
(open to ladies only)
Various groups (see their groups link
for full details)THE NEW JERSEY SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN WRITERS
Various Groups in Burlington, Camden and Salem Counties (see website for details)Contact:
Dr. MaryAnn Diorio: firstname.lastname@example.orgTHE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
Various meetings (see Meetup page
for more details)
WRITING GROUPS BY COUNTYBERGEN COUNTYBergen County Poets and FictionairesWhere? See Meetup pageWhen? See Meetup pageContact: See Meetup pageMahwah Writer's CollectiveWhere?
100 Ridge Road Mahwah, NJ 07430When?
Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pmContact
: Mahwah Library (201) 529 2183Science Fiction Association of Bergen CountyWhere?
Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church,316 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458When?
2nd Saturday of the month (see www.sfabc.org
for more info)Contact:
email@example.comBURLINGTON COUNTYJuliette Writer's GroupWhere?
Barnes & Noble, Eastgate Square, 1311 Nixon Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057When?
Every third Thursday, 7:30pmContact:
Run by Dawn Byrne. Call store for details: (856) 608 1622CAMDEN COUNTYWriting Group
Barnes & Noble, Towne Place, 911 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002When?
Every second Tuesday, 7:30pmContact
: Run by Susan Pitcher. Call store for details: (856) 486 1492Garden State WritersWhere?
South County Regional Branch Library, 35 Cooper Folly Road, Atco, NJ 08004When?
3rd Tuesday of each month, 7pm-9pmContact
: See websiteESSEX COUNTYMontclair Editors and WritersWhere?
See Meetup page When? See Meetup page Contact: See Meetup page HUNTERDON COUNTYMERCER COUNTYPrinceton Writing GroupWhere?
Various Meet-ups (see the group's webpage for details)Contact: See websiteMIDDLESEX COUNTYNew Jersey Romance WritersWhere?
Mercer County Public Library, Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ 08534When?
4th Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8:30pmContact:
See websiteThe Garden State Speculative FictionWriters (GSSW)Where?
Old Bridge Public Library,1 Old Bridge Plaza, Municipal Center,Old Bridge, NJ 08857When?
First Saturday of each month - see website for detailsContact:
See websiteLiberty States Fiction WritersWhere?
Edison Library, 340 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08817When?
2nd Saturday of the month 10-10:30am (business) 10:45-11:45am (workshop) Noon-1:15 (roundtable sessions)Contact:
See websiteThe Princeton Writing GroupWhere?
See Meetup pageWhen? See Meetup pageContact: See Meetup pageThe Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy WritersWhere?
See Meetup pageWhen? See Meetup pageContact: See Meetup pageMONMOUTH COUNTYWriting Group
ASBURY PARK Public Library, Children's Room500 First Ave - Asbury Park, NJWhen?
3rd WEDNESDAY of Each Month (5.30-7.30pm)Contact:
Neville - firstname.lastname@example.orgWriting Group
Barnes & Noble, Lanes Mill Marketplace, 4831 US Hwy 9, Howell, NJ 07731When?
3rd Thursday of every monthContact store
for more info: (732) 730-2838BelmarArts Creative Writing GroupWhere?
The Boatworks, 608 River Road, Belmar, NJ 07719When?
4th Thursday, 7pm - 9pmContact:
See websiteMonmouth Creative Writing GroupWhere?
Monmouth County Library (HQ), 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726When?
3rd Thursday of the month (7pm)Contact:
Howell Library, Howell Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ 07731When?
2nd Saturday of each monthContact:
Rick Kelsten See websiteWriting Group
NEPTUNE Public Library, Meeting Rm #225 Neptune Blvd - Neptune, NJWhen?
2nd Saturday of each month (1pm - 3pm) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)Contact:
- (732) 775-8241The Noble WritersWhere?
Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748When?
Wednesdays ((10am - 11:30am) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)Contact:
TBAWriting Critique groupWhere?
Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748When?
Wednesdays (7pm) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)Contact:
TBAOCEAN COUNTYManchester (NJ) Writers' CircleWhere?
Manchester Library, 21Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759When?
1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month (2pm-4pm)Contact:
See websiteBerkeley Adult Writers' groupWhere?
OCL (Berkeley Branch), 30 Station Road, Bayville, NJ 08721When?
Last Monday of the month - 6:30pm startContact:
(Library) 732 269 2144The Jackson Writers' GroupWhere?
Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Drive Jackson, NJ 08527When?
See websiteSOMERSET COUNTYNew Jersey Writers' Critique GroupWhere?
Barnes & Noble (Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206, Bridgewater, NJ 08807)When?
First Wednesday of the month, 7pm - check B&N website for latest infoContact:
(B&N) 908 526-7425New Jersey Writers' SocietyWhere?
Franklin Township Library (Historical Room), 485 Dermott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873When?
Third Thursday of the month, 7pm - 9pmContact:
(Library) 732 873 8700UNION COUNTYNew Providence WritersWhere?
Waterlilies Restaurant, 33 Union Place, Summit, NJ (parking free on Sundays)When?
1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, 2pm.Contact:
Join and RSVP for meetings through Meetup group
Want me to add your group?
If you know of any statewide or local writing groups in New Jersey which aren't listed above, please let me have contact details and/or a website link, if possible. Also, if your group is listed, but I've got the information wrong, please let me know.
I'm a big fan of writing conferences. Sure, some meet our personal budget and current needs better than others, and not everyone you encounter leaves you feeling all warm and fuzzy about your future potential, but if you go along with an open mind, the positives far outweigh any negatives.
If you know of a writing conference taking place this year, please share a link to its homepage in a comment. I'll upload it into the main post here.
SCBWI Winter Conference
Fri-Sun, February 12-14 2016 - New York, New York
Fri-Sun, February 12-14 2016 - Timonium, Maryland
Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, March 19th - 20th, 2016 - Iselin, New Jersey
The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, April 9th - 11th, 2016 - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 15th-17th, 2016 - Colorado Springs, CO
Fri-Sun, Apr 29th - May 1st, 2016 - Bethesda, Maryland
DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, April 23rd-24th, 2016 - Dallas, Texas
Fri-Sun, May 20th - 22nd, 2016 - Lancaster, PA
Fri-Mon, May 27th - 30th, 2016 - Baltimore, Maryland
Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2016 (exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, PA
SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference
Sat-Sun, June, 2016 (exact dates tba) - Plainsboro , New Jersey
IWWG Summer conference
Thurs-Mon, July 15th - 22nd, 2016 - Litchfield, CT
Fri-Sun, July 15th - 17th, 2016 - Hunt Valley, Maryland
Fri-Sun, August 5th – 7th, 2016 - New Brunswick, New Jersey
Thurs-Sun, August 18th – 21st, 2016 - Nashville, Tennessee
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September, 2016 (exact dates tba) - Madison, NJ
Put Your Heart in a Book
Fri-Sat, October 2016 (exact dates tba) - Iselin, NJ
Magna Cum Murder
Fri-Sun, October 2016 (exact dates tba) - Indianapolis, Indiana
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Fri-Sun, November 2016 (exact dates tba) - Dedham, Massachusetts
SOME FUN, CONFERENCE-RELATED LINKS:
10 Things You Shouldn’t Say to an Agent During an In-Person Pitch
The Agent Pitch: 10 Responses You Don't Want to Hear