LitArts RI is a work space and a community space. Our brand new center at 400 Harris Ave, in the Valley District of Providence, will also hold showcases, writing groups, workshops, and events.
Plus, there are still plenty of ways to get involved from home: from online events and a Slack message board to hybrid practicums and local writing groups on Zoom.
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Join the community on Slack, a messaging platform where Members share resources, online events, writing prompts and more. Slack uses the term "channels" to organize different topics of conversation, as well as direct messages. Please keep discussions positive and inspiring!
Members can contact Staff for access to Slack, which can be accessed on the web, on your desktop or laptop, or on your mobile phone. Here's a handy guide to setting up your account.
At LitArts RI we recognize that community care and support are essential to living a creative life. Our Community Resources page compiles past event recordings, local art and social justice organizations, mutual funds, housing help, health insurance and creative opportunities to support your writing life and help you find the resources you need to thrive.
Looking for supportive feedback from like-minded writers? Join one of the local writing groups meeting over Zoom or at our center in Providence. Each group is organized around a genre or interest area and has its own cadence and structure. Writing groups are for ages 18+. Please review our guidelines before signing up. Details on current Writing Groups here.
Current Writing Groups
Accountability Writers Group
2nd Thurs of the month at 5:30pm at LitArts RI, 4th Thurs of the month at 5:30pm at The Parlour
From the Facilitator: The Accountability Writers Group is open to anyone working on a single project in any genre (i.e. novel, collection of poems, screenplay, etc.) who struggles to stay motivated without a deadline and someone (gently) holding them accountable to it. We will meet monthly to share our progress and set new goals for the next meeting.
Diverse Voices of Rhode Island
Saturdays at 11am, weekly online
From the Facilitator: Diverse Voices of RI mainly critiques Fiction, Short fiction, Non-Fiction (including personal essays and memoir), and plays. Poetry may also be considered. And we foster the development of short/micro fiction through 25-minute writing sessions.
Experimental Essay Writers Group
3rd Saturday of the month at 10am, monthly at LitArts RI
From the Facilitator: The Experimental Essay Writers Group is for writers of short nonfiction that bends conventions of genre and form. We welcome lyric essays, hybrid memoirs, essays that combine visual and textual elements, and any other creative forms you may invent. Meetings will focus on discussing group members’ works-in-progress, and writers of all experience levels are welcome.
Expressive Writing Group
1st Tuesday of the month at 9am, monthly online
From the Facilitator: Expressive writing is a tool that can help us release, process, and resolve our thoughts, emotions and experiences. This group provides us the space to connect, inspire and grow with each other throughout our expressive writing journey.
The Horror Writers Group
Saturdays at 2pm, weekly online
From the Facilitator: The Horror Writers Group gets together for critique, discussion, and improvement of one's own horror stories, as well as free-for-all conversation on the genre.
Novel Writers Group
Last Sunday of the month at 3pm, monthly online
From the Facilitator: The Novel Writers Group is open to writers of all experience levels working on a novel. Writers can submit chapters, elicit support when managing difficult stretches of their work, and find general comradery on the novel writing process.
Queer Writers Group
Last Monday of the month at 7pm, monthly online
From the Facilitator: The Queer Writers Group is open to all LGBTQ+ writers working in any genre. We will meet on a monthly basis with the goal of cultivating a space for queer writers to discuss any and all aspects of the writing process. We are an LGBTQ+ affinity group for checking in and sharing monthly highlights from our lives. We are currently not a feedback/workshop group. During these meetings we hold optional accountability check-ins, casual conversations about the writing and publishing process, as well as talking about queer media we’ve been watching and sharing information about queer happenings around town.
Rhode Island Podcaster Meetup
1st Thursday of the month at 6pm, monthly at LitArts RI
From the Facilitators: For industry professionals, hobbyists, and the pod-curious. Come visit every first Thursday to swap stories, share resources, and meet your local podcasting community!
Rhode Island Theatre Makers Roundtable
3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, monthly at LitArts RI
From the Facilitators: Theatre makers of all disciplines: playwrights, composers, actors, designers, and technicians are invited to meet once a month as a Theatre Think Tank to put our collective heads together. Our mission is to create a network that supports the work of local playwrights, to develop the means and methods of getting plays produced. There will be opportunities to have play readings and provide feedback; listen to guest speakers; meet actors; and learn about opportunities, venues, and the technical aspects of theatre. We will discuss how to overcome our collective obstacles together to strengthen our practice of making theatre, and bring the Rhode Island theatrical community closer together.
SciFi/Fantasy Writing Group
Sundays at 12:30pm, weekly online
From the Facilitator: The SciFi/Fantasy Writing Group is a small gang of active writers of varying ages, levels and publishing experience. We operate across a variety of subgenres and bring a diverse range of imaginative ideas to the table. We have Warsies, Trekkies, Whovians, furries, vampire lovers, history buffs, otaku, scientists... all sorts, all playing nicely together. Anyone is welcome, as long as what you’re writing falls under the generous umbrella(s) of science fiction/fantasy/speculative fiction. It is a safe space and critique is constructive. Submission is optional, and you are welcome to give feedback even if you do not submit. We try to keep it fun for all!
Last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm, monthly at LitArts RI
From the Facilitator: We will get together and help all writers get their scripts to be filmed. All levels of experience of the writer and stage that the script is in are welcome. We will also talk about films and the business. Other disciplines who wish to join us are welcome as well.
Writing Together at LitArts
1st Saturday of the month at 11am, 3rd Wednesday at 4pm at LitArts RI
From the Facilitator: Writing Together provides everyone with a supportive and welcoming space to make progress on their writing journey. Bring anything you want to write on: laptop, journal, notepad, etc. We check in for 10 minutes, write independently for 40 minutes, and share out for 10 minutes. To be clear, we do not workshop submissions. We just write together in the same space.
Group Facilitator GuidelinesAs a group facilitator, you have some responsibilities, but LitArts RI will be here to help support and cultivate a safe space for sharing creative work. How LitArts RI Supports the Group As a Member, you have free access to the organization's Zoom account (unlimited minutes) for all your writing group’s meetings. As this account is shared, we will need to know the dates and times of meetings ahead of time to reserve it for you. It’s best to find a consistent monthly or weekly time so we can provide you with one recurring link that you can share with the group. Please do not post this link publicly. You will be able to use the account without a Staff member present, though we are happy to help you launch your first meeting if needed, and are generally available for tech support. Please do not share the Zoom login information with anyone else. If you are unable to host a meeting, please assign an alternate host and let a Staff member know. We will arrange separate Zoom access for your replacement on that date. You may also choose to meet in-person at our literary center in the Valley neighborhood Providence. Meeting rooms may be reserved by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. Room rentals are free for LitArts RI writing groups. All participants must abide by the organization's health safety guidelines. We will recruit and provide names and introductions for anyone interested in joining your group, and offer guidance around keeping the community space supportive and safe. Please note that this means that your writing group is open to the public. If you would like to set up meetings for a private writing group, please contact us at email@example.com. Your Role/Responsibility You will be responsible for establishing the cadence of the group meetings and communicating that with Staff as well as the group. With the input from your group, you will help determine the format for group submissions and feedback. If you need help establishing a structure for the group, feel free to adapt these workshop guidelines. You will provide some moderation during the meeting to keep things moving and ensure equal participation, and uphold the Writing Group Guidelines. We ask that you keep Staff informed of any issues or ideas you may have, and to let us know when your group has reached capacity or does not want to be listed publicly. If you no longer wish to facilitate the group, or the group wishes to dissolve, you will be responsible for informing Staff as soon as possible and assisting in the transition. All writing group facilitators must be current LitArts RI members ($15/month; free for Black, Indigenous, or POC Creatives).