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Nancy Scott Talks About The Founding of US1 Poetry Co-op

The US1 Poetry Cooperative has been based in the Princeton, NJ, area since 1973. The group publishes annual poetry collections – now on volume 62! The group meets every Tuesday, usually at a member’s house, so if you’re interested in attending one of their workshops you’ll have to sign up for their e-newsletter.

Nancy Scott has been a member of the cooperative since the 1990’s, and took over as the Managing Editor of US1 Worksheets – the co-op’s annual publication – in the early-2000’s. Nancy spoke with me about the early days of US1, and what their hopes are moving forward.

List of NJ Writing Groups – With a Map!

Presenting… the Most Complete List of Writing Groups in NJ (Plus there’s a sweet map): Continue reading “List of NJ Writing Groups – With a Map!”

How to Find a Writing Group

Writing groups are ubiquitous. They’re in every city, most counties, and if you look through MeetUp.com you’ll be inundated with choices.

Writing groups vary widely in how they’re constructed and what they offer. Some are designed just to set specific times to come and write – Write-Ins – while others are meant to give you feedback on your work, while still others are just unstructured get-togethers.old-school

Before you get started, it’s important to ask yourself, What Kind Of Writer Do I Want To Be? Writing groups tend to split into two categories: those of casual writers, and those of determined writers. However you answer the question, you’re going to want a group of writers with similar habits and goals. The only honest way to figure out the attitudes and writing habits of different groups is… to actually go to the groups.

But to save you the years’ long process of attending every writing group in NJ to find the one that fits you best, we’ve put together an abridged run-down of the different groups in NJ: Continue reading “How to Find a Writing Group”

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