While our website and social media give a great taste of what our chapter is like, the best way to find out if it’s the place for you is to come attend one of our meetings! Anyone age 18+ is welcome to attend up to two meetings per year before joining.
Unless otherwise posted, chapter meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month (except July) at the East Greenbush Library. The date and location does change occasionally depending on the availability of meeting space and the needs of our speakers. You can confirm the date and location, as well as find out more about the workshop for the month by checking out our meetings page.
Things get going promptly at 1pm. Plan to arrive a few minutes early and stop by our hospitality table, where you can pick up a nametag and a snack. One (or more!) of our members will be delighted to greet you, but feel free to say hi. We don’t bite, and we’re always excited to meet new writers.
We typically begin with a business meeting, where we discuss the ongoing activities of the chapter. Members go around and introduce themselves. The chapter president then leads a series of brief updates from officers and committee chairs.
Once the business meeting is adjourned, members are invited to share any news they might have about their writing careers. We are excited to celebrate any achievements — big and small! Participants in our Goals program set personal goals for themselves for the month ahead and are cheered on in their progress toward them.
We then engage in community building. This could be open time for networking and discussion. We also hold space for our Better Writing Through Empathy program, where we discuss diversity and inclusion in order to ensure our chapter is a welcoming space.
At approximately 2pm, we begin our workshop. A speaker or panel engages our membership on some topic related to the craft and business of writing and publishing. Some workshops are presented by members from our own community, while others feature visiting speakers from all over the world, including best-selling authors and industry professionals. To increase the range of talent we can draw from, we also make use of webinars provided by the national RWA organization, as well as remote workshops presented in real time using video conferencing software.
Accommodations are available for people with disabilities. The meeting rooms at East Greenbush Library are on the first floor of the building, and the entrance is accessible. Wherever possible, microphones are used to make our meetings more accessible for individuals with hearing impairments. Please feel free to let us know if you need something else. It is important to us that we are as accessible as possible to you.
After the workshop, the meeting space remains available for members to discuss what they have learned and generally socialize. Writing can be a solitary pursuit; many of us greatly appreciate the chance to talk about it with people who understand its unique joys and challenges. Please don’t be afraid to introduce yourself and join in the conversation.
Thank you for considering visiting us! We hope to see you at a meeting soon!