Writing can be a lonely business. One common meme states that writing is “spending time alone to communicate with the world.” Few outside the writing world understand the ups and downs of being a writer.

Luckily there are more and more groups out there for writers. They range from tight knit groups with a central purpose to loose social groups. Many meet year round, others only meet certain times during the year. Whether you are looking for a critique group, a social group, help staying focused on writing or help with publishing, there’s a group out there for you. There might even be more than one.

Before we even get to the list, I know this is very incomplete. I will be adding groups as I can. If you are part of a writing group or know of one that isn’t listed, let me know in the comments and someone will add them as soon as possible. Thanks.

Saturday Writers


The Saturday Writers group meets the first Saturday of every month at the Urbandale Public Library. They alternate between morning and afternoon meetings depending on room availability. They are not a critique group. They meet to provide each other motivation, socialization and to help brainstorm if someone is stuck on a story idea. Check out their website for details.

Beaverdale Writers 

If you are not familiar with Beaverdale Books on Beaverdale avenue, get down there. It’s a wonderful, independently own booke store. They’ve always been strong supporters of the local writing community. The Beaverdale Writers meets the first Tuesday of the every month at 7pm. It’s another informal group with a wealth of great writers.

 Iowa Writer’s Corner


They meet every third Saturday of the month at Felix and Oscar’s on Merle Hay. The meetings start at 10 am and usually includes some sort presentation or speaker. They are open to any genre of writing and presentations can range from writing to the business end of being a writer.