Saturday, January 17, 2015

Local Wyoming Writing Groups

by Susan

"If you show someone something you’ve written, you give them a sharpened stake, lie down in your coffin, and say, 'When you’re ready.'"
- David Mitchell, Writers Write Creative Blog

Well that's what it might feel like anyway. At least at first. However, the good news is that people in the Wyoming writing community I've met over the last 20 years are some of the most welcoming and encouraging people I've ever met.

One of the best ways to take your writing to the next level is to find a local group of writers who will read and critique your work. WyoPoets has compiled this list of local writing groups. If one is in your area, you might start here:

  • BUFFALO: Writers' Ink meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4 p.m., at the Occidental Hotel. For more information, contact Margaret Smith at 
  • CASPER: The Casper Group meets the 2nd Wednesday night of each month 7 p.m. All genres welcome. For more information, contact Neva Bodin at or Gayle Irwin at
  • GILLETTE: Prairie Pens meets monthly except December, third Saturday at 1:00 at Campbell County Public Library. We welcome writers to join, although we ask that they just listen and learn what we do and how we do it for a couple of meetings.
  •  JACKSON: Jackson Writers Group meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. 6:30-8:30 pm, in the conference room at the Center for the Arts. All genres welcome. For more information contact Linda Hazen
  •  RIVERTON: Westword Writers, Fremont County, meets on 2nd & 4th  Mondays of the month at 1:00 p.m. and 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. in the Riverton Public Library. Visitors are welcome as are all genres. For information, email Teri Wiblemo:
  • SHERIDAN: In Sheridan: 3rd Thursday Poets meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Senior Center from 2-4 p.m. Range Writers meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month, usually at the Library. For more information, contact: Abbie Taylor at 307-752-0033 or
  • SUNDANCE: Bearlodge Writers, Sundance, is open to all who are serious about learning the craft of writing, whether they're beginners or published authors. This multi-genre critique group meets on the first Tuesday (11 a.m. until about 3 p.m.) and on the third Tuesday (5 p.m. until about 8 p.m.) of each month at the Crook County Public Library. Email Andi Hummel at
  • WORLAND: Chapter One Writers Guild meets in Worland the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 5:00 p.m., SoHL (School of Holistic Living), 701 Grace Street.
Writing group meetings may be found on our calendar, courtesy of WyoPoets. Have one to add? Put it in the comments or email WyoPoets at


  1. Susan, I guess you didn't get the e-mail with my correct phone number. It's (307)752-0033. Thanks.

    1. Sorry about that, Abbie! Will get it fixed.

  2. Received from Rose Hill via email: "Susan, I have heard more than one presenter say that Wyoming writers do not display any animosity, jealousy or bitterly competitive spirit toward one another. In my experience whenever I've asked for help or ideas or comments, the answers have always been with the utmost good will. And any suggestions given are in that spirit, not a criticism of ourselves but a simple idea about the work. We know that whatever we write, it is unique to ourselves and even though another might write on the same subject, it is his or her own take, not an attempt to take over what someone else might say. And we are quick to congratulate another's success. The success of one is a success for each of us. I'm sure others would say the same thing. As I've said before, I do like Writing Wyoming. Best, Rose"

    Thanks, Rose!

  3. I agree with Rose! I have only come across nice and helpful people so far. I also agree with the quote at the beginning about the stake!


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