Local Writer's Groups
Alternative Book Club: They meet at Panera's 13410 Maple Street in Omaha, NE every Sunday from 2pm to 4pm except holidays. CLOSED GROUP but thinking about starting another group if there is enough interest. In the last two years they have published four books. They write chapters, then share drafts for editing and review. Contact person: Keith Jones. Keith@alternativebookclub.com.
Nebraska Novelists: They meet every Friday, from 7 pm to 9 pm, using Zoom. Bring 5—7 manuscript pages of your novel to read and be critiqued. Contact Cathy R at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fine Lines Critique Group: Meet every third Thursday at Concierge Marketing, 4822 South 133rd. 6.30 pm to 8.30 bring copies of 6—8 pages to be read/ critiqued by members of the group This is a branch of the literary quarterly but not restricted in membership Essays, poetry, fiction and nonfiction are welcome. Contact Ellie B at: email@example.com
The Omaha Night Writers: Meet every fourth Sunday from 1-3 pm at Nebraska Methodist College 720 N 87th St. Use the Clark Bldg. entrance and go to Room 3213
At present, we do 15 pages single spaced. Two writers present each month. The pages are emailed ahead of time & then writers are to review and then post. If you cannot attend, you should still email your feedback to the writer's posting. At this time, RYAN NORRIS firstname.lastname@example.org is handling the administrative needs. Fiction & some Non-fiction. This is an open group
Legends Writer's Group: Meets on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at Legend's Coffee & Comics on 52nd & Leavenworth in Omaha. This is an open group. We read pages aloud. We do Fiction, Non-Fiction & Scripts.
The Coffee Klatch: Meets on Friday mornings at 9:30 am, every other Friday. We submit pages a week of ahead of time & meet at DO Space in Omaha. This is a closed group
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators: My critique group with them is a well-established, closed group. I suppose you can consider me the contact since I'm the only one who has ties to this group. We meet every other Sunday at 6:30 at the Oakview Barnes and Noble. Contact Dawn Ford email@example.com
Realm Makers: A Christian Science Fiction/Fantasy group. This is their first year as a membership-led group. To join the critique groups, you must become a member of Realm Makers, and RM can be found online here or on Facebook here. This group is strictly for Sci-Fi/Fantasy but also includes supernatural and horror genres as well, both for the Christian markets and for the ABA. Scott and Becky Minor are the founders of Realm Makers, and Jason Joyner is their critique group director. This group includes all ages in their genres-- children, YA, and adult. All critique groups work differently according to their leader's guidelines, but they are established through Slack (an online file sharing/messaging app, kind of like a virtual office). My group is now full and closed, but there are numerous groups Contact Dawn Ford firstname.lastname@example.org
Nebraska Writers Workshop:
Weekly meetings: Wednesday evenings
Where: Baright Public Library, 5555 South 77th Street, Ralston
A free, weekly meeting of writers helping writers. We encourage everyone to actively participate, whether by reading excerpts of your works-in-progress, participating in peer-to-peer reviews, or teaching a lesson.
Omaha Screenwriters: Potential members must submit first 10 pages of a script to be considered Professional group every Sunday at Panera's on Maple in Omaha at 1130
North Omaha Summer Arts Writing Group (NOSA) also occasionally meets outside of summer They do writing exercises and critique Wed evening 6pm to 8 pm at Trinity Lutheran contact Pamela Jo Berry 402.502.4669
Wordsowers Christian Writers (WCW)
Monthly meetings: The fourth Thursday each month
Place: Swanson Library, 90th and Dodge, Omaha
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Presentations by different presenters/topics each month. (Check the website.)
Critique Groups meet monthly. Email for time and locations.
What’s Your Story: The Healing Power of Words invites you to create and explore innovative meanings of health and sickness. This group meets on the first Saturday of every month, from 1000-1200, where we write our experiences into existence. We will be meeting via Zoom for the foreseeable future. General Information: This writing program is free and open to any interested person. Please contact Cynthia at email@example.com for more information.
The Local Muse: CLOSED GROUP Meets in Seward on Tuesdays. Contact Lisa Kovanda
Writer's Group: Meets every Wednesday evening at 7:30 until about 9:30. We meet in the Parrish Projects, on the second floor of 1410 O Street, Lincoln, NE. The studio is called The Aliens
It is a workshop where we copy what people bring, pass it out, and then give feedback, notes, edits, etc. It is also appreciated if people bring copies themselves. There tends to be around 10 people who show up but sometimes there are as many as 17. So bring as many copies as you would like.
Contact Kyle Brosnihan firstname.lastname@example.org or 402.984.8454
Lincoln Chaparral Poets: Meets the 4th Monday of every month Sept. - June at 7PM, Gregs Restaurant 1202 N. Cotner Blvd. We are a fun group with a monthly newsletter and do writing at the meeting.
Write Stuff: Meets monthly and is generative (also CLOSED)
Eagle Literary Society (also CLOSED)
Small, open unnamed group in Neligh contact Tammy Marshall email@example.com 3rd Wed of the month, 6 pm at the library, bring whatever and copies to share with the members
Inland Se Writers (has Facebook group) meets on the first and third Wednesdays at Hinze Chiropractic in Mc Cook
Tuesday Grand Island Writers (CLOSED GROUP, by invitation only) meets second and fourth Tuesday of the month; meeting place varies; the second Tuesday, 3 writers present excerpts for critique, on the fourth Tuesday meeting, the group discusses writing, printing, and business essentials; contact Emmily Woodward, EmmilyLWood@gmail.com
Albion Area Writing Club 3rd Thursday—date, time and place on Facebook usually have an assignment, a lesson, discuss WIP and ask for critiques contact Twylla Crosby firstname.lastname@example.org
Hastings Writers Forum: They meet the second Saturday of every month, 2pm at the Hastings Public Library.
The WPL Writing Society meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 6-7pm at the library. Members must be 14 years or older. All genres and all levels, from novice to pro, are welcome. Contact Laura Rody email@example.com
Online Beta Readers and Critique Group for NWG Members:
On Facebook: Click this link to join the online group. This is the main beta reading group. If you want to seek for a critique partner, post in there. Or ask about individual groups that are genre centered.
Muse Maintenance Writing Group
A weekly virtual gathering of poets of all levels to inspire and motivate each other toward your
personal writing goal. Think of this as your weekly jolt of confidence for hitting your writing
goals mixed in with a little fun. Free and open to all Nebraska Poetry Society members. Reserve
your spot here: https://www.nepoetrysociety.org/events
Poetry Feedback Forum
Monthly virtual opportunity to gain valuable feedback on your poems. We provide insights for
the poet to feel inspired and equipped with ideas to strengthen their work and not just a list of
edits to make. Free and open to all Nebraska Poetry Society members. Reserve your spot here:
Online Beta Reading Group
This is a Facebook group for members of the NWG where they can connect, trade manuscripts, and form critique groups.