Mystery Writers’ Group

*** The Mystery Writers Group is full at present.  If you’re interested in starting a new mystery critique group, or you’d like to be on the waiting list, please email  ***

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 12:00 noon

Day: The group normally meets the second Saturday of each month.

Location: Various homes of members.

The facilitator is Nancy Gates (336) 288-4835

Nancy Gotter GatesNancy Gotter Gates, a Greensboro resident, is the facilitator of WGOT’s Mystery Writers’ group. Gates has been published regionally, nationally and internationally. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in the prestigious 1985, 1987, and 1995 O. Henry Festival Stories. She has also appeared in Children’s Digest, Cat Fancy, Working Woman, Children’s Playmate, The State, Crucible, and North Carolina Literary Review. Nancy has completed three novels and edited the book Creative Writing/Cooking, published by Down Home Press in 1994. Her poem about a house on wheels appeared in the book, A Turn in Time, Piedmont Writers at the Millennium. She has contributed to the WGOT mystery anthology, Deadly Plots, which sold so well when it came out in late 2002 that it went rapidly into a second printing. She also contributed to two WGOT children’s anthologies, No Grown-ups Allowed and Candle in the Attic and to the WGOT adult anthology, Wordworks, published in November, 2003.


If you would like to attend this meeting please check our meetup page to confirm the date, as it is sometimes rescheduled to accommodate the needs of the group:

If the date works for you please call or email the facilitator (info above) before arriving to insure that they are meeting. You are welcome to visit one or two times to see if we are a good fit for you, but please understand that in fairness to those who do pay their dues that we will not critique your work unless you are a full member of WGOT. After confirming with the facilitator you can then RSVP at Meetup.

If the group is full please write us at to get on a waiting list for that group or to form a new group when 3-5 people are waiting. We want everyone to find their place and get productive with a WGOT circle of writers. If you have any other questions or concerns, we’d love to hear from you, contact the Board at