Capitol Hill Writers Group

Capitol Hill Writers Group is a network of local writing groups in Washington, DC.  By connecting writers who are passionate about the craft, CHWG helps form the crucial support you need to keep writing.

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Whether you are new to creative writing, getting back into it, or a seasoned author, Capitol Hill Writers Group provides the right amount of structure when you’re balancing full-time employment and a family. 

The close-knit community of fiction writers is your sounding board for new work.  Deadlines and accountability help you form writing habits that last throughout your professional career.  Constructive feedback from varied viewpoints enrich your writing, just as your unique perspectives on life and writing contribute to the group.

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About Us

We are aspiring writers and published authors who embrace all fiction genres.  We provide structure and support through regular meetings, deadlines, and constructive critiques.

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Our application process is straightforward, and there are no application or membership fees.  To learn how to apply, please click Read More...

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RECRUITMENT PERIODS

We have two main recruitment periods, during which we form new writing groups based on the number of interested applicants.  After a group forms, consenting members can add new members as needed or desired throughout the year.  If you submit an application after the close of a recruitment period, we will hold your application for consideration until the next recruitment period.

2017 Open Recruitment Dates

  • Monday, May 1 through Wednesday, May 31, 2017.  The first group meeting will be Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
  • Friday, December 1 through Sunday, December 31, 2017.  The first group meeting will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, please complete the form below with your name, email address, and personal statement.  For your personal statement, please include:

     – a brief description of your writing background,

     – the genre(s) in which you write,

     – the day(s) of the week and time(s) that you can meet, and

     – what you hope to get out of being in a group. 

We do not require a writing sample at this time.  Applications are due at 11:59 PM on the last day of open recruitment.  You will be notified of your status within two weeks after the respective deadline.

Our Groups

CHWG members are between the ages of 27 and 70 and represent an ethnic and racial cross-section of  Washington DC.  And, yes, we allow residents of Maryland and Virginia to become members!

Our Groups

Below are the writing groups that are currently part of the CHWG network.  Click the plus sign to read more about each group.

If you see an existing group that is currently recruiting new members, you may request to join that group in your application.  Acceptance depends on the applicant’s fit with the other group members and on available spots.  New groups form twice a year – in June and January.  Check the Apply page for more information on application deadlines.

The Core Group
Write on the Hill
The Mightier Swords
H Street Fiction
SciFi/Fantasy
Capitol Quills
The Morning Group

Prompts+

Prompts+ is more than just a writing prompt.  It is a sentence that contains all the core elements you need to create a story: a protagonist; a need; an antagonist; a conflict; a setting; and a little something extra - the plus!  Additionally, the prompt accompanies a photo or illustration - a visual component that helps jumpstart the muse.

To see the prompt archive, click Read More...

031 Agrestis

A burned-out law partner leaves her practice to take over an ailing orchard and discovers that each variety of apple she’s cultivating has specific powers to rebuild her ruined health, relationships, and life…until she takes a bite of the variety that led to the crop’s original demise.

A burned-out law partner leaves her practice to take over an ailing orchard and discovers that each variety of apple she’s cultivating has specific powers to rebuild her ruined health, relationships, and life…until she takes a bite of the variety that led to the crop’s original demise.