Who Are We?

The Noble Pen is a writers group based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Established in 1996 and evolving since, the Noble Pen brings together people who share a common interest in writing. Every week, the group meets in a social setting to discuss our current projects, writing events, the art of writing, and the publishing industry.

What We Do

  • Improving writing through critique
  • Talking about writing related events
  • Examining the art and business of writing
  • Sharing resources
  • Engaging in writing exercises

Who Should Join?

We welcome writers of all genres except poetry, from those who have never written before to professionals. Our aim is the development of the craft in participants at all levels.

Check Us Out

Writers are invited to attend a few meetings to see how we operate.  Also see our Member Guide.  You can just show up and introduce yourself or, better yet, use the contact form to tell us ahead of time that you will attend.  If we get word early enough, we can send you the material to read and you can participate in the critiques at the meeting.

Check out our Weekly News section for the current and past meeting agendas. And, please use the Contact Us! form to send us any questions you have regarding our group.  Be sure to check your spam or junk folder for replies, as many people find new contacts relegated there.

On-line Meetings

Until new cases of coronavirus are locally infrequent, we are meeting on line using the Zoom app. You can use your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer with a microphone. Use of a camera is optional. You can also call in with any phone, but it would be long distance if those rates apply to you. Contact us for further details and the meeting ID number.

When the world returns to normal

We would normally meet at 7:00 PM on Thursday evenings at Scott’s Family Restaurant (formerly Happy Chef),1906 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402. They have been good to us in the past and if you want a restaurant or take-out meal it would be good to patronize them.

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