Founded in 2017, The Nearby Universe is a creative writers’ group open to Pikes Peak Community College faculty, admin and staff from all divisions and disciplines who would like to get feedback on their work, offer feedback to colleagues, discuss issues related to writing and publishing, and encourage each other’s growth as writers of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. The group is not for students, writers not employed at PPCC, or hard nonfiction/research writing.

Our group is a safe space for creators of all levels of experience. Group meetings and workshops, which are virtual these days, are held monthly. Each year, we hold a winter write-in at a coffee shop as well, which may be different this year. We welcome new members—to join the group, come to a meeting.

The founder and facilitator of the group is Brook Bhagat. The web editor is Carina Bissett.