The Writers’ Corner – Word Up Next

Word Up Next

Word Up Next is a listing of writers’ events in Salem and nearby towns.  We have recently revised the listing so that all recurring writing meet-ups and Open Mics are listed at the bottom.  Want to add something to the calendar?  Email 


Friday, December 21, 10 am – 12 pm
SCBWI Meet & Greet (Metro North)

Trail’s End Café, 97 Lowell Road, Concord

A chance to meet other children’s book writers and illustrators.  Learn More

Friday, December 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Book Signing with Local Authors

Jabberwocky Books,50 Water St, Newburyport

Newburyport Invitation Nights are a chance to wander the historic streets and check out shops that stay open late, offering libations and snacks. Join me and other local authors at Jabberwocky Books! Signed copies, book recommendations, and general revelry awaits!   Learn More


Saturday, January 5, 10 am – 12 pm
Journal Writing Workshop

Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Saturday morning writing workshop.
Details to come.  Learn More

Thursdays, January 10-February 14
Guided Memoir Workshops
Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St, S. Hamilton

Join us as we combine guided autobiographical writing with small group experiences to jumpstart your memoir, two pages at a time. Explore your life story with flexible themes like family, money, health & wellness, or life’s work. During the first hour engage with poems, prose excerpts, and quick write assignments, as well as prompting questions to facilitate writing and thinking. During the second hour, participants will read short works and receive supportive feedback from others. This group is geared toward new writers and is especially powerful for those entering a new phase of life, but everyone can benefit. Free and open to the public, funded by the Wenham COA and Friends of the Library.   Learn More

Saturday, January 12, 7 pm – 9 pm
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

In the spirit of the Moth Radio Hour, the Salem Athenaeum Writing Committee offers another evening of live storytelling on the theme of resolutions.
Come hear true stories from community members.
Tonight’s theme is food.       Learn More

Tuesday, January 22, 6 – 8 pm
Winter Warm-up to Support the Salem Athenaeum
Adriatic Restaurant & Bar, 155 Washington St, Salem

Enjoy an evening of friends and complimentary hors d’oeuvres courtesy of the Adriatic. As you soak in the warmth and comfort of one of Salem’s premier eating and drinking establishments, we’re hoping to raise essential operating funds to help support our programs for 2019.
$25 All proceeds support the Athenæum. Cash bar.    Learn More

Saturday, January 29th, 10a – 3 pm
Scribbler’s Ink Day Prompt Workshop

Gift yourself with a day of writing. Join us Scribbler’s for our get your hand moving across the page New Year’s Writing Workshop on Saturday, January 29th in picturesque Nahant. Register Today!
Learn More

Recurring Meet-Ups & Open Mics

Below is a listing of writing groups and writing meet-ups happening in the area.  We do our best to keep this up-to-date but please click the link to confirm weekly meeting times with the group’s web page.   Want to add your group?  Email

Ipswich Poetry Group
Dates/Times: 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 6:30 PM

Location: Ipswich Library, Collins Room, 25 N Main St, Ipswich

The Ipswich Poetry Group meets to share poems in progress and give and receive feedback. All are welcome! Email with questions or call Sarah at 617-584-7025.   For more info

North Shore Poets’ Forum Meetings
Dates/Times: 3rd Saturday of the month at 11 am – 1:30 pm
Location: Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly

Members are asked to bring a little bit of food or a beverage to share (cookies, little sandwiches, cheese, whatever). Each meeting will feature a presentation on a poet, movement or form that should be of general interest to members. After the program, members are encouraged to bring an original poem and six to 10 copies for members to offer gentle critique. Upcoming dates: October 6, November 17, December 1 (Joint meeting with Massachusetts State Poetry Society, Annual Holiday Party)    For More Info

Open Mic
Dates/Times: 1st Monday of the month, 7:30 – 9:30 PM
Gloucester Writer’s Center, 126 East Main St, Gloucester  

Read for five minutes. Bring your words. Get heard.   For More Info

Amesbury Library Writers’ Group
 Monthly on the 1st Wednesday at 6:30 pm
Location: Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St, Amesbury

The Amesbury Library Writers’ Group is an open group of writers who are currently working on writing projects. The purpose of the group is to meet to read and critique the writings of each group member. Each member is to be actively and regularly engaged in submitting their own work in progress for review, regularly reading the submissions of other members of the group, and regularly meeting in person to discuss their writings and the writings of the other group members. Writers in all genres are welcome to attend.

The group will meet the first Wednesday of every month. This group is open to anyone who would like to participate and an individual must attend two consecutive meetings of the group to have their work critiqued. This group will be run and facilitated by volunteeers

The library hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic. Each month there will be a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event. 
For More Info 

Powow River Poets Reading Series
Bimonthly, 2nd Saturday at 3 pm; next up Nov. 10
Newburyport Public Library, 94 State St, Newburyport

The bimonthly series, is free and open to the public, and includes an Open Mic. Poetry enthusiasts are urged to attend. The Open Mic is limited to ten poets, so come early to the library to sign up. The time limit is one poem or two minutes, whichever is shorter, so please time your reading when you rehearse.   For More Info

Readers & Writers Guild
Dates/Times: 3rd Friday of select months at 7:30 pm
Christ Church, 149 Asbury Street, South Hamilton

Our Readers & Writers Guild meets to hear a featured reader as well as share open mic time, peruse attendee’s books for sale, and enjoy pot luck refreshments.  Upcoming meetings: November 16; January 18, 2019 
Check website for featured writers. All are welcome!  For More Info

River Bards Fall Poetry Series & Open Mic
Dates/Times: First Friday of the month at 7 pm
Location: Battle Grounds Coffee Company, Haverhill

Creative Haverhill’s River Bards present Fall Poetry Series and Open Mic nights at Battle Grounds Coffee Company! Each event will begin with a featured poet, followed by the open mic portion of the evening. Participants should limit their readings to 3-5 minutes. Sign ups are first come, first served on the night of the event. Food and drink are available for purchase!  For More Info

Witch City Writers’ Workshop
Dates/Times: 3rd Monday of the month at 6:30 pm
Location: Varies between Beverly Library and the Cummings Center

Join our workshop! Please review submissions before you attend and be ready to offer feedback (written feedback is always welcome). Please also review the workshop guidelines in the drop-off folder. You are welcome to bring food/drink (no alcohol).  Please bring a $2 cash contribution to workshop meetings to participate. If you prefer, you can bring $30 cash for a full year of no-fee workshops.      For More Info

Writer’s Open Studio
Dates/Times:  Every Tuesday at 8:40 am – 11:30 am
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

Weekly Writing Studios at the Salem Athenaeum.  The building will be open from 9:45-12:00 every Tuesday (unless announced otherwise). Feel free to come by and write in a quiet peaceful setting. Come for as long as you’d like–for 20 minutes or all three hours.         For More Info 

Salem Writer’s Group
Date/Time:  1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:30 pm
Salem Athenaeum, 337 Essex St, Salem

All are welcome to bring work-in-progress to share with the group for feedback. The group is facilitated by J.D. Scrimgeour, Professor of English, Salem State University.     For more info 

Winter Street Writer’s
Date/Time: Last Tuesday of the Month 9:30 – 11 am
Location: Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St, Beverly

We are a Beverly-based writing group.
For inquiries, please contact

Poetry Open Mic
Date/Time: Last Tuesday of the Month 6-7 pm
Location: Amesbury Public Library, 149 Main St, Amesbury

The library hosts a monthly poetry series with an open mic. Each month there will be a featured poet followed by a discussion, an open mic and light refreshments. Stephen Wagner, Amesbury Poet Laureate, hosts this event.  Learn More