If you have information about a writing group that’s not listed here, please let us know! We’re happy to share that info with the community. Please contact Ryan Collins at (309) 732-7330 or mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org. Thanks!

Writers’ Studio @ MWC

Meets twice a month at the Midwest Writing Center on Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Free & open to the public.

Contact Information:
phone – (309) 732-7330 
email – mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org
or Steve Lackey at unknownsh@aol.com 


Express N Flow Youth Writing Workshops

Midwest Writing Center (MWC) will be hosting a new writing workshop for young writers in the Quad Cities, ages 10-18. The workshop is called “Express N Flow” and will be led by Trameka Woods, a FFT Therapist, with other visiting instructors. Here’s a detailed description:

Express N Flow Workshop “Where we rhyme what comes to mind!”

Express N Flow is a free workshop which encourages children ages 10-18 to utilize writing as a way of relieving stress and having a voice. At this workshop, students will develop spoken word skills instead of resulting to negative alternatives and bad choices. Students will learn and use basic writing skills and concepts like metaphors, similes, analogies, etc. Express N Flow is a beginning workshop so all are welcome: those who have a writing background and those who don’t.

Express N Flow will meet at the Midwest Writing Center (ground floor of the Downtown Rock Island Public Library) from 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month (March 23, April 27, and May 25) at the Midwest Writing Center. The first hour of the workshop, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., will be for ages 10-14, and the second hour, from 12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m., will be for ages 15-18. Participants are welcome to stay throughout the whole workshop and free write while the other age group is getting their lesson. This workshop is free and open to students ages 10-18 throughout the Quad Cities.

For more information, please contact Trameka Woods at tramekawoods@gmail.com or Ryan Collins at mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org

This workshop series is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


Quad City Writers Meet Up 

Quad Cities Writers Meet Up is a group dedicated to supporting and encouraging writers (18+) of all levels, experiences, and genres in pursuing their dreams of publication. For beginning writers we offer feedback and methods in helping to make sure that your first steps into writing are positive ones, while for the more experienced writers we offer substantive critiques to help sharpen your work on its way to submission for publication. Our hope is to create a nurturing community of writers who believe that writing is perhaps the most important thing in the world, and who inspire one another to publish and to grow in their craft. 

Contact & more info: www.meetup.com/Quad-Cities-Writers-Meet-Up/ 


Writers on the Avenue 

Writers on the Avenue is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting local writers and promoting the literary arts in and around Muscatine, Iowa. Members meet to share work, inspiration, experience, and advice. In addition to hosting workshops, group writing projects, and being involved in area events, WOTA members have published several anthologies of shared work as well as independent publications.

Writers on the Avenue meets twice a month:
  • WOTA in the afternoons meets on the first Thursday of the month at Musser Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. These gatherings are devoted to sharing work, writing exercises, and getting support and feedback.
  • WOTA monthly meetings take place on the third Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Musser Public Library. Business is conducted at 5:30 for any voting member to participate in. At 6 we begin with a writing exercise, followed by discussion of work, and conclude with a critique group that looks at longer projects.

Inquiry meetings are free; membership is $10 a year. Writers of any genre and any level of experience are welcome to attend.

Contact & more info: https://writersontheavenue.wordpress.com/ 

Quint City Poets  

Quint City Poets meets the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bettendorf Library, 2950 Learning Campus Drive, in Bettendorf. We are a group of serious writers at varying stages of development.  We welcome new writers. Please bring hard copies to share.  To publish on our website, send electronic files to Katherine Searle at qcpoets@gmail.com


Eastern Iowa Writers’ Guild 

If you love to write and would benefit from a community of dedicated area writers, you are invited to join the Eastern Iowa Writers’ Guild. We welcome all interested adults regardless of experience level. Our primary goal is to give each other feedback on works in progress.

We want to encourage and support each other as much as possible through our passion for writing.

We meet in the DeWitt area on the third Thursday of each month from 7-9 pm.

If you have any questions or suggestions, see our list of commonly asked questions below or email Staci Mercado at easterniowawritersguild@gmail.com

We hope to see you there! https://easterniowawritersguild.blogspot.com/ 

Write Now! Writers Group 

Age Group: Teens, Adults

Write Now! is open to teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings take place on the second and fourth Mondays at 6:30 in the Moline Public Library 2nd floor program room. On the second Monday we will discuss an aspect of writing craft, share experiences, ask questions, and/or do a writing exercise. On the fourth Monday participants can bring up to 6 pages of a current writing project to share with the group for advice and feedback. 

Contact & more info:
Jan LaRoche
Contact Email: jlaroche@molinelibrary.org
Contact Phone Number: 309-524-2477

Creative Writing Group at WIU-QC 

A creative writing group, which is also open to the public in addition to students. The aim is to provide a dynamic space for writers to receive feedback, but we’re also looking into providing writing time for those who attend as well as trying some prompts and exercises. Those interested are not obligated to attend every week, but of course, the more they show up, the more they’ll get out of it. The group takes place in the QC complex (second floor of the building with the library in it).

US Bank WIU-QC | Room 2219 | Mondays 5-6pm

Romance Writers of the Quad Cities

The local chapter is affiliated with Romance Writers of America. The local dues are $15.00 per year. The group meets on Tuesdays from 6:00-10:00 at the Hauberg Civic Center, 1300 24th St., Rock Island, Illinois. Prospective new members can contact Theresa Davis via e-mail Theresa.Davis@groupo.com or by phone 309-314-8726.