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We practice ‘raw’ or spontaneous writing. We each select one word and then we write in any genre for 30 minutes using those words. We then read our work aloud to the group members. Our aims are to practice our writing, develop our skills and confidence; to be encouraged by the constructive criticism of our peers; and to use the weekly experience as a brain sharpening exercise.
Women Writers Network
We are a combination of prose writers, poets, and playwrights. All at different levels of experience and expertise. All with the desire to become better at what we do. If you wish to read you’ll need to limit your prose to about 1000 words and have about 10 copies for us to edit as you read. Expect from eight to twelve women at any sitting and if all are reading it can be exhausting or impossible to achieve by 4pm. Unless there is great financial hardship, we all put in a gold coin each week. We welcome women writing in any genre at any stage, from just beginning to those who have been published and those struggling to be published. Many of us are a combination of both. The emphasis is on constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging, but dedicated environment, fostering all stages of writing.
We are all beginners, though some have writing experience in academia and journalism. We are highly supportive of each other’s work, and generate ideas and suggestions for our work/each other’s work. Our aim is to encourage each other to continue writing, to listen and hear about others’ work, and to provide rigorous, respectful and supportive feedback on writing. We are seeking members with a genuine interest in participating in the feedback process and supporting others. We are open to all genres.
Seize the Day
A long-standing group, small in size, allowing for in-depth work on each member’s writing at each meeting. Members of this group write in different areas: historical fiction, detective fiction, short stories, poetry and memoir.
Non-fiction Writers’ Group
Our group focuses on creative non-fiction: memoir, biography, medicine, history, law, science, architecture, psychology, social & current affairs, PhD thesis, etc., where content is based on reality and evidence. Our participants write a non-fiction piece of 1,000 words and email it to the other participants about a week before the meeting. At the monthly meeting, each person gives feedback to those attending on the day. The feedback is constructive and covers: style, structure, tense, grammar, voice, point of view and publishing appeal of the narrative. We help writers complete their story, nurturing their discipline to reach publishable standard. Our feedback is for emerging writers who can put a narrative through feelings, facts and figures to create a story that would appeal to a general audience. We critique the writing – not the writer.
Group currently closed but applications put on a waiting list.
Our group is a supportive and dedicated writing group who try to keep the motivation and confidence of our members together. Group is open to published and unpublished writers who can commit to the meetings.
Allsorts Writing Group
We are a supportive, vibrant, intelligent and highly skilled bunch of writers. We write for the desire to create and express our own unique perceptions and voice. Our goal is to support each other and give positive and constructive feedback in a workshop situation. We are open to all work and find the variety stimulating.