This group has been around since 2002, but we didn't join Meetup until 2013, so we never really know who's going to show up. ) We have a large email list, completely separate from this website, and get about 5 to 10 people per meeting just from that.
Anyway, most importantly, this group is commitment-free.
Conference description: Founded in 2006 by poet Joan Houlihan, the Colrain Conference consists of a four-day combination workshop and real-time evaluation of book-length and chapbook-length poetry manuscripts.
It is designed to provide poets with the information necessary for developing, revising, structuring, and submitting their manuscripts, directly from editors.
Some of our members attend nearly every meeting; others show up once a month or even once a year. It's just a solid chunk of quiet time that you can use however you want.
The main rule is to bring something to work on for the first hour. After the writing, there's a short break, and then we gather a little closer to take turns introducing ourselves.
When you come to Desert Nights, you’ll be participating in lively discussions, sharing thoughtful feedback, and creating new work in a warm, welcoming, and supportive environment of peers.
Our faculty are award-winning authors, editors, and other creative writing professionals here to attend alongside you, give back to the community, and connect with other writers as actual human beings.
The low residency MFA in Creative Writing program invites you to attend selected afternoon talks and evening readings at our upcoming residency.
During the residency, students engage with Dominican faculty and an illustrious lineup of guest speakers in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, narrative / poetic medicine, memoir, and publishing.