Community

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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 is open to individual coworking, in-person events continue online or outdoors during the health crisis. There are still 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.

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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.

Once a month on Fridays at 5pm Members meet on Slack for CHEERS, a virtual happy hour for introverts & creatives to discuss meaningful topics related to the creative life. For upcoming themes, consult our Events page.
 

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 or at our headquarters in downtown Providence. Each group is organized around a genre or interest area and has its own cadence and structure. Writing groups are for ages 18+. Please review our guidelines before signing up. Details on current Writing Groups here.
 

Current Writing Groups

Accountability Writers Group
Every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm, monthly at What Cheer Writers Club

From the Facilitator: The Accountability Writers Group is open to anyone working on a single project in any genre (i.e. novel, collection of poems, screenplay, etc.) who struggles to stay motivated without a deadline and someone (gently) holding them accountable to it. We will meet monthly to share our progress and set new goals for the next meeting.

 

All Things Theatre - Theatre Talk
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm, biweekly at What Cheer Writers Club
From the Facilitator: Meet to talk about theatre; the theatre we are making, the theatre we are seeing; reading plays talking about plays we read, plays we are writing, read each other's work and give feedback, consider revisions, do rewrites, have it read out loud again, do more rewrites, support each other, encourage each other, lean on each other and in general, make theatre and scriptwriting the center piece of gathering together at What Cheer Writers Club for an hour and a half twice a month.
 

Diverse Voices of Rhode Island

Saturdays at 11am, weekly online
From the Facilitator: Diverse Voices of RI mainly critiques Fiction, Short fiction, Non-Fiction (including personal essays and memoir), and plays. Poetry may also be considered. And we foster the development of short/micro fiction through 25-minute writing sessions.
 

Expressive Writing Group
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 9am, biweekly at What Cheer Writers Club and online
From the Facilitator: Expressive writing is a tool that can help us release, process, and resolve our thoughts, emotions and experiences.  This group provides us the space to connect, inspire and grow with each other throughout our expressive writing journey.  

The Horror Writers Group
Saturdays at 2pm, weekly online

From the Facilitator: The Horror Writers Group gets together for critique, discussion, and improvement of one's own horror stories, as well as free-for-all conversation on the genre. 
 

Kids/YA Writing Group
Every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm, biweekly online

From the Facilitator: The Kids/YA Writing Group is open to any and all writers/enthusiasts of kids and young adult lit (including picture books, first readers, middle grade novels and beyond). We welcome you to join if you are seeking accountability or support on your creative journey or have pieces you wish to share for group feedback.


Meditate & Create Writers Group
Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm, biweekly online

From the Facilitator: The Meditate & Create Writers Group is generative, open to all genres, and meets in the spirit of creative process and meditation. We’ll meditate (group is led by a certified mindfulness meditation instructor; beginners absolutely welcome!), write/draw together, and share inspiration and how our work has been going.

Nonfiction-For-All Writers Group

Every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 6pm, biweekly at What Cheer Writers Club; 4th Saturday at 11am online

From the Facilitator: The Nonfiction-For-All Writers Group is for those are working through nonfiction pieces of all shapes and sizes! Beginners in nonfiction as well as tried-and-true nonfiction writers are all welcome. Writers may submit essays, chapters of longer nonfiction works, portions of memoir, or any form (poetry included!) which has a focus on real issues past and present. They must submit their works (maximum 8,000 words) the week before we meet so we can organize and review three to four works in our time together. We welcome all who would like to dedicate their time to review their work together and improve their writing as individuals and as a group of caring, respectful colleagues.


Novel Writers Group

Last Sunday of the month at 3pm, monthly online
From the Facilitator: The Novel Writers Group is open to writers of all experience levels working on a novel. Writers can submit chapters, elicit support when managing difficult stretches of their work, and find general comradery on the novel writing process.  

Poetry Feedback Collective

Every 1st Tuesday of the month at 7pm, monthly online

From the Facilitator: This group specifically provides feedback on poems in need of revision. Following a non-traditional workshop model, poets are encouraged to ask specific questions about their work for the group to thoughtfully and kindly offer their opinion on. Poems to review should be submitted at least one week prior to the meet, with appropriate warnings for sex, language, or violence at the top of the submission. All levels of poets welcome, with invitations to LGBTQA+, BIPOC, neurodivergent, and other marginalized writers who are looking for a safe, welcoming environment to cultivate their voices - you’ll find it here! 
 

Queer Writers Group

Last Monday of the month at 7pm, monthly online

From the Facilitator: The Queer Writers Group is open to all LGBTQ+ writers working in any genre. We will meet on a monthly basis with the goal of cultivating a space for queer writers to discuss any and all aspects of the writing process. This is a space to check in for accountability purposes, have a casual conversation about writing and publishing, as well as share with peers what you're currently working on. Workshops may occur as well, depending on the level of participants' interest.

Romance Writers Group

Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 5pm, biweekly at What Cheer Writers Club

From the Facilitator: The Romance Writers Group welcomes writers of all experience levels. If you are curious, join us and discover the charms of the romance genre. We will meet bi-weekly, on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month. Meetings will be at the What Cheer Writers Club co-working space from 5pm-6pm. We will either workshop the attendees' writing pieces or discuss various topics related to romance writing. 


SciFi/Fantasy Writing Group

Sundays at 12:30pm, weekly online

From the Facilitator: The SciFi/Fantasy Writing Group is a small gang of active writers of varying ages, levels and publishing experience. We operate across a variety of subgenres and bring a diverse range of imaginative ideas to the table. We have Warsies, Trekkies, Whovians, furries, vampire lovers, history buffs, otaku, scientists... all sorts, all playing nicely together. Anyone is welcome, as long as what you’re writing falls under the generous umbrella(s) of science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction. It is a safe space and critique is constructive. Submission is optional, and you are welcome to give feedback even if you do not submit. We try to keep it fun for all!

Screenwriters' Group

Last Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm, monthly at What Cheer Writers Club

From the Facilitator: We will get together and help all writers get their scripts to be filmed. All levels of experience of the writer and stage that the script is in are welcome. We will also talk about films and the business. Other disciplines who wish to join us are welcome as well.

Writing for the Animals (Including Humans)

Every 4th Thursday of the month at 7pm, monthly online

From the Facilitator: This writing group is inspired by the process developed with Creature Conserve to bring artists, writers, and scientists together to study, celebrate, and protect animals and their habitats. We’ll use our time to dig into the science of conservation and the craft of writing, consider work that successfully does both, and, along with writing exercises, group critiques, and occasional guest speakers, we’ll come away with new work and insight into revising existing work. Writers of all genres and levels of experience welcome, with submission optional and constructive critique appreciated. 

 
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These times are revealing the shape of our community...it can look many ways across different mediums."

Program Director Jodie Vinson
in Motif Magazine