February 16th, 2020

Do you know of any writing groups in New Jersey?




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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 COUNTIES
WOMEN WHO WRITE (open to ladies only)
Various groups (see their groups link for full details)


THE SCIENCE FICTION SOCIETY OF NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
Various meetings (see Meetup page for more details)

WRITING GROUPS BY COUNTY

BERGEN COUNTY
Bergen County Poets and Fictionaires
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

Mahwah Writer's Collective
Where? 100 Ridge Road Mahwah, NJ 07430
When? Tuesdays: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Contact: Mahwah Library (201) 529 2183

Ridgewood Memoir Writing Workshop
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

Science Fiction Association of Bergen County
Where? Bergen Highlands United Methodist Church,316 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
When? 2nd Saturday of the month (see www.sfabc.org for more info)
Contact: sfabcinfo@gmail.com

BURLINGTON COUNTY
Juliette Writer's Group
Where? Barnes & Noble, Eastgate Square, 1311 Nixon Drive, Moorestown, NJ 08057
When? Every third Tuesday, 7:30pm
Contact: Run by Dawn Byrne. Call store for details: (856) 608 1622

CAMDEN COUNTY
South Jersey Writer's Group
When?
See Meetup page
Where?
See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

Writing Group
Where?
Barnes & Noble, Towne Place, 911 Haddonfield Rd, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
When? Every second Tuesday, 7:30pm
Contact: Run by Susan Pitcher. Call store for details: (856) 486 1492

ESSEX COUNTY
Montclair Editors and Writers
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

HUNTERDON COUNTY

MERCER COUNTY
Princeton Writing Group
Where? Various Meet-ups (see the group's webpage for details)
Contact: See website

MIDDLESEX COUNTY
New Jersey Romance Writers
Where? Mercer County Public Library, Hopewell Branch, 245 Pennington-Titusville Road, Pennington, NJ 08534
When? 4th Tuesday of each month, 6 - 8:30pm
Contact: See website

Liberty States Fiction Writers
Where? Edison Library, 340 Plainfield Avenue, Edison, New Jersey 08817
When? 2nd Saturday of the month 10-10:30am (business) 10:45-11:45am (workshop) Noon-1:15 (roundtable sessions)
Contact: See website

The Princeton Writing Group
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page

The Woodbridge Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers
Where? See Meetup page
When? See Meetup page
Contact: See Meetup page


MONMOUTH COUNTY
Writing Group
Where?
ASBURY PARK Public Library, Children's Room500 First Ave - Asbury Park, NJ
When? 3rd WEDNESDAY of Each Month (5.30-7.30pm)
Contact: Neville - njansii_nj@yahoo.com

Writing Group
Where?
Barnes & Noble, Lanes Mill Marketplace, 4831 US Hwy 9, Howell, NJ 07731
When? Contact store for info (see below)
Contact store for more info: (732) 730-2838

BelmarArts Creative Writing Group
Where? The Boatworks, 608 River Road, Belmar, NJ 07719
When? 4th Thursday, 7pm - 9pm
Contact: See website

Monmouth Creative Writing Group
Where? Monmouth County Library (HQ), 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan, NJ 07726
When? 3rd Thursday of the month (7pm)
Contact: ?

Monmouth Writers
Where? Howell Library, Howell Library, 318 Old Tavern Road, Howell, NJ 07731
When? 2nd Saturday of each month
Contact: Rick Kelsten See website

Writing Group
Where?
NEPTUNE Public Library, Meeting Rm #225 Neptune Blvd - Neptune, NJ
When? 2nd Saturday of each month (1pm - 3pm) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)
Contact: - (732) 775-8241

The Noble Writers
Where? Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
When? Wednesdays ((10am - 11:30am) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)
Contact: TBA

Writing Critique group
Where? Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road, Middletown, NJ 07748
When? Wednesdays (7pm) (NB: Please check library's calendar before turning up.)
Contact: TBA

OCEAN COUNTY
Manchester (NJ) Writers' Circle
Where? Manchester Library, 21Colonial Drive, Manchester, NJ 08759
When? 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month (2pm-4pm)
Contact: See website

Berkeley Adult Writers' group
Where? OCL (Berkeley Branch), 30 Station Road, Bayville, NJ 08721
When? Last Monday of the month - 6:30pm start
Contact: (Library) 732 269 2144

The Jackson Writers' Group
Where? Jackson branch of the Ocean County Library, 2 Jackson Drive Jackson, NJ 08527
When? See website
Contact: See website

The Memoir & Fiction Writers' group
Where? OCL (Ocean Township Branch), 701 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
When? Fourth Monday of the month - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Contact: (Library) 732 531 5092

SOMERSET COUNTY
New Jersey Writers' Critique Group
Where? 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 info
Contact: (B&N) 908 526-7425

New Jersey Writers' Society
Where? Franklin Township Library (Historical Room), 485 Dermott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873
When? Third Thursday of the month, 7pm - 9pm
Contact: (Library) 732 873 8700

UNION COUNTY
New Providence Writers
Where? 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.

Care to promote your writing conference?




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.

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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.


                   FEBRUARY


SCBWI Winter 2020
SCBWI Winter Conference

Fri-Sun, February 7th-9th, 2020 - New York, New York


farpoint 2020
Farpoint Convention
Fri-Sun, February 21st-23rd, 2020 - Hunt Valley, Maryland



                      MARCH


Write-Stuff
The Write Stuff Conference
Thurs-Sat, March 12th -14th, 2020  - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Sleuthfest 2020
Sleuthfest
Thurs-Sun, March 26th-29th, 2020 - Boca Raton, Florida




                                                APRIL

LSFW
Create Something Magical Writers & Readers Conference
Sat-Sun, April 4th - 5th,
2020 - Iselin, New Jersey


Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2020
Pikes Peak Writers Conference
Fri-Sun, April 17th - 19th, 20
20 - Colorado Springs, CO


                   MAY

malice Domestic
Malice Domestic
Fri-Sun, May 1st - 3rd, 2020 - Bethesda, Maryland


Penn Writers
PennWriters Conference
Fri-Sun, May 14th - 17th, 2020 - Lancaster, Pennsylvania


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Balticon
Fri-Mon, May 22nd - 25th, 2020
- Baltimore, Maryland


                 JUNE


Rutgers
Rutgers University Writers' Conference
Sat-Sun, June
5th - 7th, 2020 - New Brunswick, New Jersey


zdwf conf
DFW Writer's Conference
Sat-Sun, June 13th - 14th, 2020 - Dallas, Texas



NJ scbwi
SCBWI NJ Chapter - Summer Conference

June 13th - 14th 2020
- New Brunswick, New Jersey


zPWC
Philadelphia Writers' Conference
Fri-Sun, June, 2020
(exact dates tba) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Deadly ink
Deadly Ink

Fri-Sun, June, 2020 (exact dates tba)  - location tba




                 JULY

Southampton Writers Conference 2020
Southampton Writer's Conference
Weds, July 8th - Sun, July 19, 2020 - Southampton, New York



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IWWG Summer conference
Fri-Thurs, July 24th - 30th, 2020 - Beverly, Massachusetts



Shore Leave
Shore Leave
Fri-Sun, July 10th - 12th,
2020 -  Hunt Valley, Maryland


             AUGUST


Killer Nashville
Killer Nashville

Thurs-Sun, August 20th - 23rd, 2020 - Franklin, Tennessee

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Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity
Fri-Sat, August 28th - 30th, 2020 - Columbia, MD



            SEPTEMBER
Women Who Write (Men are also welcome at the conference)
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
- Madison, New Jersey



               OCTOBER


NJRW
Put Your Heart in a Book
Not sure if they have a conference this year - Fri-Sat, October  2020 - Iselin, NJ


Magna Cum Murder
Magna Cum Murder

Fri-Sun, October 23rd - 25th, 2020 - Indianapolis, Indiana




             NOVEMBER

new england crime bake
Crime Bake

Fri-Sun, November 2020 (tba) - Dedham, Massachusetts


sjwg
South Jersey Writers Conference
Not sure if they have a conference this year - West Berlin, New Jersey

philcon
Philcon

Fri-Sun, November 20th - 22nd, 2020 - Cherry Hill, New Jersey


              DECEMBER







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