Monthly Meetings & Guest Speakers

Meeting Time & Format

Please Note: Given concerns about the rising cases of COVID-19 in the Monadnock Region, the MWG Board has added two more safety precautions for the in-person November 20th meeting at the Peterborough Town Library at 9:45 AM. In addition to masks being required inside the library:

  • the meeting will be held in the larger 1833 room on the second floor to allow for social distancing between seating
  • attendees will need to bring proof of COVID-19 vaccination to the meeting

Also, if you wish to attend this meeting by Zoom instead of in person, the Board is planning for that option as well. Details will be provided closer to the meeting date.

We look forward to seeing you!

The Monadnock Writers’ Group meets on the third Saturday of each month from September through June. Our meetings begin at 9:45 and continue to about 11:45.

A typical agenda features informal mingling over refreshments, a call to order, group introductions, brief announcements, our 10-minute reader, and the featured guest speaker. There are read-arounds held twice a year, usually in December and June, at which members share their short works in a non-judgmental, supportive environment. Occasionally, events are held at other locations, providing an opportunity for workshops and public readings.


Guest Speakers

September 18, 2021: Celia Rabinowitz

Family, documents, silence, and history: Writing about ourselves and others

Photo of Celia RabinowitzCelia Rabinowitz is Dean of Mason Library and Interim Director of the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Celia has a BA in Classics & Religious Studies from Beloit College, MA in Religious Studies from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, PhD in Theology from Fordham University, and a MLS from Rutgers University. She joined Keene State College in 2014. Mason Library includes Special Collections and Archives which include collections connected to the Holocaust, New Hampshire poets, the filmmaker Louis de Rochement, and other social justice materials. She participated in the recent trip to China organized by the Monadnock Pastoral Poets & Writers group, has helped organize recent teach-ins on the Keene campus, and is an avid runner.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Masks are required at the library.


October 16, 2021: MacDowell Fellows

For the sixth year, Monadnock Writers’ Group will meet at MacDowell, thanks to the generosity of the MacDowell staff and the willingness of two current writers in residence to share their process and work with us.

DIRECTIONS: Driving directions from the Peterborough Town Hall (the Intersection of Grove Street and Main Street) to MacDowell, 100 High Street, Peterborough. (Total distance from Town Hall to MacDowell is ONE mile.)

From the intersection of Grove and Main Streets:

  • Go WEST on Main Street for 2/10 mile to VINE Street.
  • Turn RIGHT on VINE Street then an IMMEDIATE LEFT onto HIGH Street.
  • In 3/10 mile the road forks; STAY RIGHT AT THE FORK, STAY on HIGH Street.
  • In 4/10 mile MacDowell is on the LEFT. TURN LEFT to parking.

WHERE TO PARK: Parking will be in the main lot along the pine trees off High Street, with some parking available at the Library located to the left behind the main building.

Location: James Baldwin Library on the MacDowell campus, 100 High Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

MacDowell requires proof of COVID vaccination and masks for all attendees.


November 20, 2021: Bonnar Spring

Novelist Bonnar Spring learned to read in kindergarten and never stopped. Her second novel, Disappeared, is due out from Oceanview Publishing in September 2021. Ms. Spring writes eclectic and stylish mystery-suspense novels with an international flavor. An inveterate traveler, she hitchhiked across Europe at sixteen and joined the Peace Corps after college. For twenty-five years, Bonnar has been teaching ESL—English as a Second Language—at a community college. She currently divides her time between tiny houses in NH and Abaco.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Masks and proof of COVID vaccination are required.


December 18: Biannual Members Read-Around

At our December meeting, members of the Monadnock Writers’ Group will read excerpts of their own work for up to ten minutes each. Every year, this is an inspirational opportunity to enjoy the creative talents of our members. The public is welcome to attend.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Masks are required at the library.


January 15, 2022: Timothy Boudreau

The Craft of Writing Short Stories

Photo of Timothy BoudreauTimothy Boudreau lives in Sugar Hill, New Hampshire with his wife, Judy. His recent work appears in MonkeyBicycle, New World Writing, Retreat West, Ellipsis, and X-R-A-Y, and has been nominated for Best Microfiction and the Pushcart Prize. His collection Saturday Night and other Short Stories is available through Hobblebush Books.

Find him on Twitter at @tcboudreau or at timothyboudreau.com.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Masks are required at the library.


February 19, 2022: Gary Sampson and Inez McDermott

New Hampshire Now: A Photographic Diary of Life in the Granite State

Photographer Gary Samson and art historian Inez McDermott will discuss the publication of New Hampshire Now: A Photographic Diary of Life in the Granite State, published in October 2021 by the New Hampshire Historical Society: “Inspired by the Farm Security Administration photography documenting life in America during the Great Depression, the New Hampshire Society of Photographic Artists and the New Hampshire Historical Society joined forces to undertake a three-year project to photographically record daily life in the state. This book is the result of nearly 50 photographers covering the seven regions of the Granite State, making thousands of images that create a 21st-century portrait of the people, places, culture, and events in New Hampshire. “

Gary Samson is the former Artist Laureate of New Hampshire and has played an active role in in the state’s art and education communities for 45 years. He has received numerous awards, grants and fellowships for his work. Gary has taught photography courses and workshops regionally and internationally since 1981 and his career in photography started in 1971 at the University of New Hampshire where he served as the University Filmmaker and Manager of Photography.

Inez McDermott is an art historian and educator who has curated several photography exhibitions throughout her career. Inez has coordinated a lecture series which is intended to help audiences make important connections between the New Hampshire Now project and the tradition and impact of documentary photography in American history.

Location: Peterborough Town Library

Masks are required at the library.

Note: This page will be updated as additional guest speakers are confirmed for 2022. 


Writers’ Night Out

After a hiatus due to COVID-19, MWG’s Writers’ Night Out (WNO) will resume in December 2021! Join your fellow writers for this informal gathering where you can discuss what you are working on, what you are reading, where you are submitting your work, and more. We meet the first Monday of the month.

Monday, December 6, 2021 at 7 PM at Brady’s Grill in Peterborough. We meet in the separate room next to the bar.

MWG strongly suggests that only people vaccinated against COVID-19 attend WNO–out of concern for people with compromised immune systems or who take care of young children. We appreciate your consideration for others.

Writers’ Night Out was launched by the New Hampshire Writers’ Project (NHWP). You can learn about other locations for WNO in New Hampshire on the NHWP website.