Chatham Area
Meeting the fourth Wednesday each month

Chatham Area Public Library 6:00-7:30pm
Where and when does the Chatham Area Writers Group meet?
The group meets every fourth Wednesday of each month from 6:00 -7:30pm.   We meet at the Chatham Area Public Library located at 600 E. Spruce in Chatham, Illinois.   We meet in the conference room located on your first right when using the main entrance to the library.   If you need directions to the meeting room, just ask any of the friendly staff at the library.    
I don't live in Chatham, can I still join the group?
Absolutely! Our members live in Chatham and in the surrounding areas.  All are welcome.
Are there any fees to join the Chatham Area Writers Group?
We do not have any membership fees or costs associated with our group.  
What do I need to bring to the meeting?
You will need paper and a pen/pencil.   Our writers sign up to read before our monthly meeting to give all members adequate time to review the piece.   Please see our guidelines for more information.
Do I have to bring something to read or partcipate in the exercises critiques?
No one is required to read their work or their writing exercises.  Most new members attend a few meetings until they feel comfortable sharing with the group.  
 Is there a limit on the number and length of the selections read to the group?
 Our members usually share manuscript lengths not exceeding five single-spaced pages.  To give each volunteer equal time, our facilitator will usually pre-approve the submission.  Most of the time the piece is emailed ahead of time so copies can be made so members can read along with the author.   It is also helpful to have a print copy so members can write their commentary on it and return it to the author at the end of the session.    If you have any questions about the length of a piece you would like to read,  please email Dara at    
Is food provided? 
Treats and lemonade are provided at every meeting.  You can also visit the Cafe/Bookstore and get a variety of drinks and snacks.  You can view their menu and prices here.
More questions? 
Email Dara at      She is happy to help and would love to welcome you to the group!
Do you think that Hemingway knew he was a writer at twenty years old? No, he did not. Or Fitzgerald, or Wolfe. This is a difficult concept to grasp. Hemingway didn't know he was Ernest Hemingway when he was a young man. Faulkner didn't know he was William Faulkner. But they had to take the first step. They had to call themselves writers. That is the first revolutionary act a writer has to make. It takes courage. But it's necessary
                                                                                                                         -Pat Conroy