About Us!


The Essex Writers’ and Artists’ Guild (EWAG) is a group of artists and other imaginative people to gather once a week and share their work in the greater Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Meeting each Thursday night, we share our work, frustrations and successes as we try to reach our goals as professional writers and artists. Our format is simple: we bring something to read or a piece of art for others to view, and do it without fear of sharp criticism or censorship.

EWAG was the brainchild of writer Judith Gagnon and founded in the summer of 1992. Judith thought it was essential for creative people to feel secure and welcome in order to find and develop their own voices and visions as artists. Under her guidance, EWAG morphed and grew into its current incarnation as a supportive and inclusive community.

The overall plan of providing a safe and inspirational community has worked wonders and continues to benefit EWAG’s members as they expand their list of creative achievements. Members of EWAG have published novels, books, won awards, written for Television and Film, and are routinely featured in magazines, anthologies, newspapers, and in on-line venues. Several talented visual artists in the group have found work in a variety of media, including web design, commercial, fine art, and illustration. Musicians are also part of EWAG’s membership, and many meetings feature original songs by members (currently two have full-scale musicals under development).

In August 2002, EWAG celebrated its first ten years of life. Going into its second decade, and its 17th year, EWAG continues to strive for excellence and to actively welcome new members. Trust and support from peers build an artist’s confidence and allow the beauty within to emerge—and to be shared by everyone. The longevity, creativity and achievements of this group are a tribute to Judith Gagnon’s ideas, and proof they work!

EWAG Mission Statement

We are a support group for people actively creating in the medium of their choice. The intent of this website is to pool the knowledge of our members from decades of publishing and other creative endeavors, and to share it with others.

Privacy Policy

The privacy of our visitors to the EWAG website is important to us.

At EWAG, we recognize that privacy of your personal information is important. Download this .pdf for information on what types of personal information we receive and collect when you use and visit essexwriters.com, and how we safeguard your information.  We never sell your personal information to third parties.



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