Top 5 Writing Groups


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  1. Founded by poet and former English teacher Mary Pierce Brosmer in 1991, Women Writing for (a) Change has operated out of its Silverton building since 2007. Hone your process in everything from prose to song writing in classes and workshops for writers of varying experience; although focused on supporting women writers, co-ed offerings are occasionally available. 6906 Plainfield Rd., Silverton, (513) 272-1171,
  2. If you’re 15 or older and live in Clermont County, the River City Writers’ Group is for you. The bi-weekly Monday meetings will allow you to work through ideas and drafts with your friendly neighborhood wordsmiths. Best of all? It’s free. Various dates, 6-7:45pm, Clermont County Public Library, New Richmond Branch, 103 River Valley Blvd., New Richmond, (513) 553-0570,
  3. For those serious about the craft, Greater Cincinnati Writers League has been helping authors ruminate and revise for more than 80 years. What began as an avant-garde round table for writers and musicians in 1930, the group grew so large that a 60-member cap was enacted. On the second Friday of each month, visitors can sit-in on sessions to hear current members’ writing as well as guest speakers; dues-paying members are able to workshop pieces with the group for a $35 annual fee. Second Friday of each month, 7 p.m., Hermitage Room of The Regency, 2444 Madison Rd., Hyde Park,
  4. Cincinnati Fiction Writers is a Meetup group for— you guessed it— fiction writers. Two Mondays of every month, members gather at a coffeehouse to share and discuss up to three writers’ works. The locations vary as do the attendees, but this is a great option for the fiction-lover looking for a casual commitment.
  5. Writers burning to buck tradition should look no further than Not Your Grandma’s Writing Bootcamp. This relaxed monthly Meetup (“likely” in Covington) is focused on simply writing more. Stale and boring prompts have no place here; writers should expect out-of-the-box exercises that aim to build your writing stamina. In other words, the organizers “don’t care if your writing is good” as long as you’re doing it.

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