About Tabula Rasa

Tabula Rasa is a private writing workshop that meets monthly in the New York City area. Its focus is on offering critiques and support to experienced writers of prose — primarily, but not limited to, speculative fiction.

It began in 2004 as the 8th of February Group (named for Jules Verne, who was born on that date in 1828), and changed its name a few years later. Among its alumni are William Shunn, Robert J. Howe, Mary Robinette Kowal, Saladin Ahmed, Ian Randal Strock, Douglas Cohen, Andrea Kail and Christopher M. Cevasco.

These days, we meet at each others homes (or, occasionally, workplaces) on the third Monday of every month (although it can vary when conventions or other events get in the way). The works to be critiqued (short stories or chapters) are distributed at least a week before the meeting. Each member has a chance to critique the work, after which the writer can respond; often, there is free discussion afterwards.

We are happy to consider new members who have had at least one or two stories published. We ask potential members to submit a sample of their work (either published or unpublished); we will then discuss at our next meeting whether the writer would be a good fit with the group and will let them know as soon as possible.

If you would like to join Tabula Rasa, or have any other questions, please feel free to write us using the following form:


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