Zack Hample

Best writing group ever

 Best writing group ever


I created this writing group in September 2002. I didn't have a digital camera back then, and when I finally got one, there wasn't much to photograph; for the first few months, the group was really small and always met near the cafe on the 4th floor of the Barnes & Noble near Lincoln Center in New York City. When we finally got too big for that space (and got kicked out by a snotty manager), we began using the nearby public atrium at a Chinese restaurant called Ollie's Noodle Shop & Grille. Eventually we outgrew THAT space and started holding most of our meetings in people's homes. That’s when I decided to take a photograph whenever the group met in a different spot, which sometimes included parks, offices, stores, lounges, and random public venues.

As you comb though the photos below, keep in mind that the number of people you’ll see is often much lower than the total attendance. For example, when you look at Ben's terrace and think, "Oh, how cute, there were four people at this meeting," take a closer look and you'll notice two more folks sitting off to the side plus there was me (the photographer) and 17 others in the living room. This group is, in fact, huge. On average we draw more than 20 people per meeting, and a bunch of our longtime members have attended well over 100 times. The group has even created life! More than a decade ago, two members met and hit it off and ended up having a kid. Best writing group ever? No doubt about it. I could write an entire book about the group and all the connections and shenanigans that’ve gone down. There’s also lots to be said of our shared literary endeavors, but my favorite part of the group is the social element. This group has BY FAR been the greatest source of friends in my life. Thanks for stumbling onto this “secret” page. I know it doesn’t fit with the baseball-y theme of my site, but I had to share this somewhere. Enjoy the pics!


Host -- Location


Anna's brownstone

Ben's terrace

Central Park

Chris's backyard

David's apartment

FIT courtyard

Herb's office

Iris Records

Ken's one-bedroom

Leon's roofdeck

Michael's penthouse

Nontraditional Employment for Women

Riverside Park

Sandra's living room

Sandy & Leslie's loft

Toy Museum of NY

Winter Garden Atrium

Zack H.'s place

3B -- Bed & Breakfast

Abe -- Astoria, Queens
Abe -- Washington Heights 
ACME Studio -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Adam -- Brooklyn Heights 
Adela -- Roosevelt Island 
Alex -- Upper West Side 
Alex & Lindsey -- Harlem 
Alexandra -- Kensington, Brooklyn
Amanda -- Lower East Side 
Amanda -- West Village 
Amber -- Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
Amitai -- Upper West Side
Amy — Upper West Side
Andrea -- Park Slope, Brooklyn
Andrew -- Bushwick, Brooklyn 
Andrew -- Gramercy Park 
Andrew -- Lenox Hill 
Andrew -- Long Island City, Queens 
Andrew & Dorkys -- Washington Heights 
Anna A. -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Anna A. -- Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn 
Anna Q. -- Astoria, Queens 
Anne -- Washington Heights 
Argosy Book Store -- Midtown
Ari -- Astoria, Queens 
Ariel -- Fort Greene, Brooklyn 
Ariel -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Arielle & Michael -- Washington Heights 
Bailey -- Kensington, Brooklyn 
Banks -- Tribeca 
Bassey -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Bassey -- Greenpoint, Brooklyn 
Bassey -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Bassey -- Financial District
Becca -- Rego Park, Queens 
Bekki -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Ben B. -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Ben H. -- Upper East Side 
Ben H. -- Greenpoint, Brooklyn 
Ben L. -- East Village 
Ben & Jen -- Astoria, Queens
Beth -- Astoria, Queens 
Beth -- Upper East Side 
Bhaven -- Morningside Heights 
Bret -- East Village 
Brian -- Hell's Kitchen 
Brooke -- East Harlem
Cairo -- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn 
Caitlin -- Midtown West
Caitlyn -- Morningside Heights 
Caitlyn -- Washington Heights
Cameron -- Washington Heights 
Cara -- Upper East Side 
Carl -- Chelsea 
Cassidy -- Chinatown 
Catherine C. -- ABC City 
Catherine L. -- Fort George 
Celine -- Upper East Side 
Central Park -- Upper West Side 
Central Park -- Upper West Side 
Chemda -- Long Island City, Queens
Chez Lola -- Fort Greene, Brooklyn 
Chris H. -- Nyack, NY
Chris M. -- Harlem 
Chris M. -- Bushwick, Brooklyn 
Christie -- Park Slope, Brooklyn
Christie -- Harlem
Christy -- Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn 
City Hall Park -- Civic Center 
Clyde Frazier's Wine & Dine -- Hell's Kitchen
Cora -- Fort Greene, Brooklyn
Courtney -- Upper East Side 
Dan -- SoHo
Dana -- Astoria, Queens
Dani -- Harlem
Daniel G. -- Astoria, Queens 
Daniel R. -- Upper West Side
Danny -- Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 
Dave M. -- East Village
Dave S. -- Harlem 
David M. -- Harlem 
David M. -- Upper West Side 
David M. -- Hell's Kitchen 
David M. -- Midtown South 
David N. -- Hamilton Heights 
David N. -- Hamilton Heights 
David S. -- Washington Heights 
Davie -- Greenwich Village 
Davoud -- Inwood 
Dia:Beacon -- Beacon, NY 
Donna -- Park Slope, Brooklyn
Dorkys -- Kingsbridge, Bronx 
Dorkys -- Harlem 
Dorkys — Washington Heights
Dr. Loni -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Easton -- Washington Heights 
Elayne -- West Village 
Eldrid -- Washington Heights 
Elisa -- Upper West Side 
Ellie L. #1 -- Brooklyn Heights 
Ellie L. #2 -- Brooklyn Heights
Ema -- NoHo 
Eman -- Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn 
Erasmo -- Washington Heights 
Erik -- Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
Erika -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
FIT basement -- Chelsea
FIT courtyard -- Chelsea
Fredda -- North Bergen, NJ 
Gantry Plaza State Park -- Long Island City, Queens 
Ghan -- Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
Gillian -- Midtown West 
Gina -- Upper West Side 
Gonul -- Woodside, Queens 
Grigory -- Yorkville 
Hannah - Harlem 
Hannah -- Inwood 
Hanson -- Midtown South 
Heidi -- Inwood 
Herb -- Tribeca
Ian -- Astoria, Queens
Ifeoma -- Harlem 
Intrepid -- Hudson River 
Iris Records -- Jersey City, NJ 
Izzy -- downtown Brooklyn
Jackie C. -- Astoria, Queens 
Jackie S. -- Morningside Heights 
Jacob -- Upper West Side
Jaimee -- Lincoln Square 
Jaime E. -- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
Jamie G. -- Upper West Side 
James -- Upper West Side 
Janine -- Upper West Side
J.B. -- Midwood, Brooklyn 
Jeff R. -- Prospects-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn 
Jeff R. -- Washington Heights
Jeff S. -- Upper West Side
Jen -- Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
Jenny A. -- Long Island City, Queens 
Jenny F. -- Washington Heights
Jeremy -- Greenpoint, Brooklyn 
Jeremy -- Inwood 
Jessica -- Harlem 
Jessica -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Jessie -- Tribeca 
Jo Ann -- Ditmas Park, Brooklyn 
Jodi -- Staten Island 
Joe B. -- Kensington, Brooklyn
Joe G. -- Ridgewood, Queens 
John M. -- Kensington, Brooklyn 
John R. -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Jon -- Morningside Heights
Jona -- Astoria, Queens 
Jona -- Kips Bay 
Julia -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Julianne -- Riverdale, Bronx
Julianne -- Carroll Gardens
Juliette -- Civic Center 
Karen -- Teaneck, NJ
Karyn -- Long Island City, Queens 
Kate -- Greenpoint, Brooklyn 
Kathy -- Murray Hill 
Kelly -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Ken -- Upper West Side 
Ken -- Upper West Side 
Ken -- Hoboken, NJ 
Kiley -- Bushwick, Brooklyn 
Kiley -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Kiley -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Kiley -- Flatbush, Brooklyn 
Kris -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Krista -- Upper West Side 
Ky -- Lenox Hill 
Laura B. -- Spanish Harlem 
Laura M. -- Upper West Side 
Lawrence -- Astoria, Queens 
Leanna -- Upper West Side 
Leon -- Hell's Kitchen 
Leon -- Hell's Kitchen 
Leon -- Hell's Kitchen 
Leon -- Upper East Side 
Leslie & Travis -- Kensington, Brooklyn 
Leslie & Travis -- Crown Heights, Brooklyn 
Lia -- Yorkville 
Lia -- Fort Greene, Brooklyn 
Lincoln -- Staten Island 
Lincoln -- Downtown Brooklyn
Linda -- South Park Slope, Brooklyn
Lindsay -- Washington Heights
Lisa C. -- Kips Bay 
Lisa Y. -- Upper West Side 
Living Room Lounge -- Sunset Park, Brooklyn
Liz C. -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Liz K. -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Liz M. -- Sunnyside, Queens 
Liz M. -- Upper East Side 
Loan -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn 
Loren -- Upper West Side
Lulu -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Lulu -- Bushwick, Brooklyn 
Lyndell -- Civic Center 
Lynley -- Prospect Heights, Brooklyn 
Madison Square Park -- Flatiron District 
Mala -- Upper East Side 
Marc -- Upper East Side 
Marie -- Lower East Side 
Marine -- Harlem 
Marshall -- Morningside Heights 
Mattie -- Spanish Harlem
Maura -- Hamilton Heights 
Maya -- Upper West Side 
Megan -- East Harlem 
Megan -- Flatbush, Brooklyn 
Melinda -- Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
Michael -- West Village
Michael -- East Harlem 
Michele -- Lower East Side 
Michelle -- Upper West Side
Mike M. -- Washington Heights 
Mike M. -- Inwood 
Mike W. -- Great Neck, NY 
Mike Z. -- Jamaica, Queens 
Miriam -- Kensington, Brooklyn
Modern Love Club -- East Village
Muneesh -- Financial District
Nadia -- Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Natalie -- Park Slope, Brooklyn
Naturi -- Astoria, Queens 
Neil -- Turtle Bay 
Niko -- Harlem
Nontraditional Employment for Women -- Chelsea 
Pam -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Patrick B. -- Hoboken, NJ
Patrick B. -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Patrick G. -- Lenox Hill 
Pauline -- Turtle Bay 
Phil -- Lenox Hill 
Pooya -- Turtle Bay 
Prospect Park -- Brooklyn 
Rachel E. -- Long Island City, Queens
Rachel G. -- Upper West Side 
Rachel M. -- Stuyvesant 
Rachel S. -- Lincoln Square 
Rachel Y. — Park Slope, Brooklyn
Renee -- Upper West Side
Rich -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Rick -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn 
Riverside Park -- Upper West Side 
Rob -- Astoria, Queens 
Robin K. -- Kensington, Brooklyn
Robin P. -- Battery Park City 
Sam A. -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sam G. -- Astoria, Queens 
Sam & Sara -- Morningside Heights 
Sandra -- Washington Heights 
Sandy & Leslie -- Bushwick, Brooklyn 
Sara -- Inwood 
Sarah -- East Harlem 
Sasha -- Williamsbridge, Bronx
Sean -- Chelsea
Seth -- Upper West Side 
Shannon N. -- Upper West Side
Shannon S. -- Gowanus, Brooklyn 
Shirley -- Boerum Hill, Brooklyn 
Shiva -- Murray Hill 
Sinead -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Stacey O. -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Stacey O. -- Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Stacey S. -- Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 
Stephanie -- Bushwick, Brooklyn 
Sunita -- Chelsea 
Stuart & Naomi -- Upper West Side
Suzanne -- Yorkville 
Tamara -- Roosevelt Island
Tara -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
Tiara -- Washington Heights
Tom -- Yorkville 
Tompkins Square Park -- East Village 
Toni -- Gramercy Park 
Toy Museum of NY -- Brooklyn Heights 
Ugur -- Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 
Victoria -- Park Slope, Brooklyn 
West End Lounge -- Upper West Side
Winter Garden Atrium -- Tribeca
Yelena -- Upper East Side 
Zack H. -- Lincoln Square 
Zack H. -- Upper West Side 
Zack H. -- Upper West Side 
Zack W. -- Upper East Side
Zell -- West New York, NJ 
2A -- East Village
3B -- Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn