Monday, December 3, 2018

Monday Writers Group Resumes in January 2019

Hello Writers,

We are still looking for a facilitator for this group. Meanwhile, some of us are taking turns leading. Due to the 4th and 5th  Mondays of December being holidays, the library won't be open, so there will be no December session.

The same procedures we previously maintained will continue:
  • Each writer will compose an original prose (fiction or non-fiction) piece of no more than 500 words, and read it in front of the group. 
  • Typewritten, use 12 point font, numbered lines if possible, check your spelling, grammar and punctuation! Make sure there's a TITLE for your piece.
  • Copies of each story should be made ahead of time by each writer (10 is good for starters) to distribute ahead of presenting your story, so that everyone there may read along and make notes for feedback.
  • Constructive, respectful comments are encouraged for each participant.

If you have any questions, please call the library at 315-736-9734.

Unable to attend? Consider submitting your story to our online only writing group.

Hope to see old and new faces there. Keep writing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

We’re Online and Writing Flash. Join Us!

Greetings, Fellow Writers,

Two of the Whitesboro Writers Groups (Plotters Ink Fiction and Monday Night Writers Group) are currently on hiatus for various reasons. At this time there are no plans to resume our monthly library meetings.

          Many of us have been writing anyway. We would like to share our stories and receive one another’s valuable feedback – all online. (PS--You don’t have to be a local resident to participate.)

Here’s how our ONLINE WRITING GROUP works:

          1) At least once each month we will provide a writing prompt. The prompt will be listed on the Whitesboro Writers Facebook page and also on THIS blog. To view the current prompt, click on the “MONTHLY PROMPTS” menu option to the right of this post.

          2) Each participant will compose a fictional story OR creative non-fiction piece (such as memoir, essay, or anything except poetry (because Whitesboro’s poetry writers have their own group which meets the 2nd Saturday of each month).

          3) Maximum of 500 words, no exceptions!  (Please use tabs and centering tool rather than spacebar formatting. Thanks.) 

          4) No photographs or images will be accepted.

          5) Your story must have a title that is different than the prompt.

          6) You will have a byline under the title. Feel free to use a pen name if you don’t wish to use your real name.

          7) On or before the stated deadline for the month, writers must submit their piece in a document attached to email. Send it to

          8) Once the UNEDITED (i.e, exactly as you wrote it) piece is published on the new online writers blog, you will receive an email confirmation that includes a viewing link. Please review the posting and advise us of any errors WE made, which we will correct. Please note that these posts are viewable by the general public including children, so avoid X-rated words and situations.

          9) Anyone who submits a piece is encouraged to provide at least a line or two of constructive feedback in the comment section below all of the other writers’ stories. Comments may also come from readers who did not submit a story. If you have trouble posting a comment, send it to us via email and we will post it for you. Comments made more than 14 days after the date of the post are subject to our review before publishing. Disrespectful comments will be deleted.

          10) You may or may not respond to comments, as you see fit. 

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know in the comments section below, or via email to

As always, keep writing!
                   --CJ Alexander, Blog Host

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Advance Submission Program

Greetings, Fellow Writers,

Are you interested in becoming a more effective writer of creative prose?

If so, consider joining the members of  Whitesboro's Monday Writers Group. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month from 6-8 PM in the Dunham Public Library boardroom. As of June 2018, the group is in its 7th year.

Each month we feature two new writing themes or "prompts". Attendees are expected to write original prose (fiction or non fiction) of up to 500 words on their choice of prompt. We make copies to distribute to the other participants (*see note below) to read along as we read our own stories aloud. Constructive comments are offered to each writer immediately afterward.

We recommend using Ariel font 12-14  point and numbered lines for ease of reference. You may print on front and back of the sheet. A catchy, appropriate title is part of good writing!

Anyone who wishes to have their story published on our public blog may do so. See submission guidelines.

Currently we are offering an ADVANCE SUBMISSION PROGRAM.  Stores  for the Monday session are due to on or before 6 PM of the Friday before the meeting. We will collect the submissions and then distribute them to all participants that evening. Participants are asked to print, read, analyze, and prepare constructive feedback on each story before the meeting. Our goal is to discuss ways each piece can be improved, point out sections that may be unclear to readers, and find something to praise in each story.

We hope to see you soon!

(* Note) If you are participating in the advance submissions program, you needn't make copies for the other participants. However, you may wish to print extras in case other writers are attending who are not participating in advance submissions.)