September 17 Open Meeting

Join us on ZOOM for our regular monthly open meeting. Feel free to share a short piece with us–no more than 4 double-spaced pages–and/or comment on what others share. Please click the link below to access the meeting which starts at 6:30 pm. Hope to see you there!

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Open Meeting on ZOOM

Thursday, June 18, 6:30 pmJoin us on Zoom

Please click on the following link at the time of the meeting to join us: If you have a short piece to share during the meeting, you can email it to Dave prior to the meeting: This is helpful, but not necessary. We’d love to hear your new work, or your old work–we’re not fussy.

We’re Back!

keep calm and write on Zoom Open Meeting

We will host a Zoom  Meeting on Thursday, May 28, at 6:30 pm. Please watch for an email with the link to join. We’ll also post the link here.

It’ll be great to see you again and hear a little of what you’re working on. Until then, stay safe, keep calm, and keep on writing!

December 2019 Open Meeting

Join us for our open meeting on Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm, room 196 of the Straz bldg. at Carthage College, Kenosha.

Feel free to bring a short piece to read to the group–no more than 4 pages, double spaced–and, if possible, please bring 6 -8 copies so that we may see as well as hear your words. We offer kind and considerate critiques that focus on what’s working.

You are always welcome to attend as an observer.

KWG is free and open to anyone with an interest in writing.dec 2019 open

october open meeting 2019

Come share your words in a supportive community of writers

Join us Thursday, October 17, at 6:30 pm in room 196 of the Straz bldg. at Carthage College. If you want to share your work, bring a short piece—no more than 4 pages—to share with the group. If possible, bring several copies so that we can see as well as hear your words. If you’re not quite ready to share, come anyway to observe and offer feedback on the on the work of others. Free and open to the public.

May In-Depth Critique

May 2019 In-Depth Critique

Our next IDC is scheduled for Thursday, May 9, 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Deadline for submission  is midnight, May 2.


  • Word document, sent as attachment
  • Word limit is 5000 words
  • Double spaced, 12 pt., Courier or Times New Roman font, pages numbered
  • Include your name and address and title of the piece at the top of the first page and include what form the piece is (short story, novel excerpt, poem, etc.)
  • Email submission to: by midnight, May 2
  • Work may be fiction, non-fiction, essay, play, or poetry. If the piece exceeds the word limit, please submit an excerpt in keeping with the word limit and provide a brief synopsis of what the reader needs to know.


At the meeting, the author reads a page to a page and a half of the piece. The critique format consists of 3 rounds.

Round 1:  participants point out what’s working in the piece and what they especially liked.

Round 2:  participants may ask questions and comment on problematical areas. The author does not comment or reply during the first two rounds.

Round 3:  the author answers and/or asks questions and may comment on the feedback received.

Participants may print out and write their comments on the submissions, or bring their laptops with pieces downloaded an provide verbal critiques.


Fiction Workshop

Join us Thursday, April 11, for a fiction writing workshop presented by published writers Joe Engel and Dave Gourdoux. The workshop, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, will take place in room 196 of the Straz bldg. at Carthage College. It’s free and open to anyone interested in writing fiction.Fiction Fundamentals