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Compiled by Joe McCabe, West Virginia Writers, Inc.

BECKLEY (The Jabberwock Writers)
Usually meets in the Jabberwock Cafe from 6 to 8 PM on the first and third Thursday of every month. Members may bring work to be critiqued. Some members report on books they have read recently. A writing prompt is usually given.
Contacts: Rhonda White (304-425-6452) <[email protected]> and Scott Thompson <[email protected]>

Usually meets the second Thursday of every month.
Contact: Rob Merritt (304-327-6687) <[email protected]>

Usually meets once every month in a member's home.
Contact: Renita Sue Loyd (304-765-7602) <[email protected]>

WRAP (Writers, Readers, Authors and Poets) is based at the Clarksburg/Harrison Public library. Meetings on the first Wednesday (6 to 8 p.m.) each month. There is a second meeting usually on the 3rd Thursday monthly at Bridgeport Public Library or the Lowe Shinnston Public Library.
Contact: Kim Wheeler (304-592-3560) <[email protected]>

HUNTINGTON (The Guyandotte Poets)
They have been discussing poems in the members' homes for more than 25 years, and they are always looking for people with talent and energy who are serious about poetry.
Contact: John McKernan <[email protected]>

HUNTINGTON (Black Dog Writers Group)
This group meets in members' homes and has seven members who write prose. It is presently CLOSED to new members.
Contact: Llewellyn McKernan < [email protected]>

Usually meets at the Public Library (101 King Street) from 1 to 4 PM on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Bring 8 copies of the work you want critiqued. Limit: 10 double-spaced pages.
Contacts: Honnor Dorsey (304-267-8933) and Joe McCabe (304-274-6986) or <[email protected]>

MARTINSBURG (Athens on the Opequon)
This group was created in November 2003 to conserve, produce, and promote Traditional Poetry. Usually meets at the Public Library the first Sunday of every month from 2 to 4:45 PM.
Contacts: Annemarie Collins (304-267-7567) or <[email protected]> and Carrol Kline (304-263-4395) or <[email protected]> and check Frank Pierce's website: <>

Meets at the Morgantown Public Library, usually 2nd, 4th Tuesdays (6:30-8 p.m.). Manuscript critiques, market writing assignments, group writing, presentations.
Contacts: Library (304-291-7425) or email to: <[email protected]>

PARKERSBURG (Ohio Valley Literary Group)
Usually meets in the Board Room of the Public Library from 6:30 to 9 PM the second Thursday of each month. Bring 12 copies of the work you want critiqued.
Contact: Wilma Acree (304-295-6599) <[email protected]>

RIPLEY (The Appalachian Wordsmiths)
Usually meets every Thursday (except the second) of every month at Calvary Methodist Church from 6 to 8 PM. Established January 2002.
Contacts: Cheryl Kobe (304-273-0111) <[email protected]> and Max Price (304-372-5430) <[email protected]>

ROMNEY (Ice Mountain Writers)
Usually meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Bank of Romney Community Building on Main Street. Bring 6 copies of the work you want critiqued.
Contact: Michael Hughes (304-822-4040) <[email protected]>

SHEPHERDSTOWN (The Bookend Poets)
Usually meets the second Thursday of every month from 8 to 10 PM usually at The Four Seasons Bookstore on German Street. Bring 10 copies of the poems you want critiqued.
Contact: Georgia Lee McElhaney (304-876-6745) <[email protected]>

If you have additions or corrections,
please contact Joe McCabe (304-274-6986) <[email protected]>