For a long and detailed explanation of how our meetings work, including how to submit your work, please read How We Work.
On November 1, 2014, a half dozen writers attended our first meeting at a little cafe near Penn Station, struggling to speak over the elevator music and fighting for table space among the commuters. The New York City Writers Critique Group was born.
Since then, we have grown to become a thriving and diverse community of writers with varying backgrounds and degrees of experience. Members have published short fiction, essays, novels, editorial cartoons, and even seen their screenplays turned into feature films. In 2021, Lyn Liao Butler became the first of us to publish via a “Big Five” book deal, when her novel, The Tiger Mom’s Tale, hit bookshelves.
Others members are just starting out, or developing our craft, and some of us write only for ourselves. We welcome all writers, whether you are brand new to the craft or adding to your list of publishing credits. All we ask is that you come with respect, an open mind, and passion to help your fellow writers improve.
At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we shifted all of our meetings to Zoom web-conference, and in the months following we welcomed new members from across the country and around the world. We look forward to resuming in-person meetings, but plan to continue Zoom meetings as well, to accommodate those members outside NYC.
For a full list of upcoming meetings (and to be notified of our upcoming schedule) please find us on Meetup.
Current Organizers (August, 2021)