What Cheer Writers Club is more than a coworking space, it's a community. While our physical location at 160 Westminster St. in downtown Providence remains closed during the health crisis, there are plenty of ways to get involved: from write-ins, cocktail chats and a Slack message board to online showcases, practicums and local writing groups on Zoom.
Already a Member?
Join the "virtual Club" on Slack, a messaging platform where Members share resources, online events, writing prompts and more. Slack uses the term "channels" to organize different topics of conversation, as well as direct messages. Please keep discussions positive and inspiring!
Members can contact Club Staff for access to Slack, which can be accessed on the web, on your desktop or laptop, or on your mobile phone. Here's a handy guide to setting up your account.
Every Friday at 5pm Members meet on Slack for CHEERS, a weekly virtual happy hour call for introverts & creatives to discuss meaningful topics related to the creative life. For upcoming themes, consult our Events page.
Craft Curiosities: Now Accepting Proposals
This fall, the Club’s Craft Curiosities series will invite local writers to take a deep dive into a single aspect of literary composition. Rhode Island artists, illustrators and podcasters passionate about sharing a specific craft tool or technique are invited to submit a proposal by June 20 to teach a two-hour craft intensive online for the Club’s Fall 2021 series.
Current Writing Groups
Looking for supportive feedback from like-minded writers? Join one of the local writing groups meeting over What Cheer Writers Club’s Zoom. Each group is organized around a genre or interest area and has its own cadence and structure. Please review our guidelines before signing up. Details on current Writing Groups here.
Creative Nonfiction Writers Group
Saturdays at 10am, biweekly
From the Facilitator: The Creative Nonfiction Writing Group invites those who are working on memoir, personal narrative, lyric essays, literary journalism, prose poetry, travel writing and more. Twice a month, we will gather to discuss group members' pieces, up to 2,000 words, and to share prompts. Our collective goal is to encourage accountability and community as we offer supportive and constructive feedback on work in progress.
Mondays, 5:30pm, weekly
From the Facilitator: Any style of poetry welcome, submissions of 3 pages or less in google doc or e-mail and meet Mondays for an informal, friendly critique and workshop on Zoom. Bring your own work or write to a weekly prompt.
Science Fiction/Fantasy Writing Group
Sundays at 12:30pm, weekly
From the Facilitator: The SciFi/Fantasy Writing Group is a small gang of active writers of varying ages, levels and publishing experience. Anyone is welcome, as long as what you’re writing falls under the umbrella(s) of science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction. Submission is optional, and you are welcome to give feedback even if you do not submit.
Wednesdays at 8:00pm, monthly
From the Facilitator: The Scriptwriters group meets monthly to share members’ scripted content (including stage plays, screenplays, scripted podcasts and other creative content that includes dialogue and action meant to be performed). We read up to ten minutes of each script in real time, casting members in different roles. Friendly, supportive feedback is encouraged.
Writing Group Guidelines
What Cheer Writers Club is committed to establishing a safe space to share your creative work. Writing groups meeting in our physical or virtual space must abide by these guidelines, to ensure an open exchange of ideas between all participants.
Writing groups are open to the public, but What Cheer Writers Club membership ($10/month; free for Black, Indigenous, or POC Creatives) is suggested. We need your support!
Download a PDF of these guidelines here.
Group Facilitator Guidelines
As a group facilitator, you have some responsibilities, but What Cheer Writers Club will be here to help support and cultivate a safe space for sharing creative work.
You will be responsible for establishing the cadence of the group meetings and communicating that with Club Staff as well as the group.
With the input from your group, you will help determine the format for group submissions and feedback. If you need help establishing a structure for the group, feel free to adapt these workshop guidelines.
You will provide some moderation during the meeting to keep things moving and ensure equal participation, and uphold the Club’s Writing Group Guidelines.
We ask that you keep Staff informed of any issues or ideas you may have, and to let us know when your group has reached capacity or does not want to be listed publicly.
If you no longer wish to facilitate the group, or the group wishes to dissolve, you will be responsible for informing Staff as soon as possible and assisting in the transition.
All writing group facilitators must be current What Cheer Writers Club members ($10/month; free for Black, Indigenous, or POC Creatives).
Download a PDF of these guidelines here.