Fosseway Writers are a long-established group based in and around Newark, Nottinghamshire (itself situated on the old Roman ‘Fosse Way’, which is mostly now the route of the modern A46).

The aims of the group are to:

  • provide a welcoming and stimulating environment for local writers;
  • engage with, support and encourage local people who would like to try writing but don’t know where to start;
  • help members to improve and develop their writing skills;

…all through meetings, workshops, friendly socials and online interaction (like this blog).

We usually meet at Knights Court, Balderton Gate, Newark at 7 pm on the first Thursday of every month for a formal meeting (speaker / workshop / competition results). On the third Thursday of the month we meet up at the Organ Grinder pub on Portland Street to read out and discuss our own writing. See the map below for specific directions to Knights Court (post code NG24 1UJ) – we use the ground floor community room of the only two storey building in the street.

New members are welcome to come along and try us out, with a £1 charge for attending one of our formal meetings as a visitor. Or alternatively you can become a member for an annual subscription of just £15, for which you get 9 meetings (speakers or workshops) and invites to two social events. There are also 11-12 group meetings at which we decide on a theme, write a story and then bring it along to the next meeting to read to the group (but this isn’t compulsory!). As a member you will also get a £1 discount on competition entries as well as ‘author privileges’ to this blog, allowing you to post your own material (as well as basic instructions on how to ‘get blogging’).

To contact us, please email us or use the contact form below.

The group has a formal committee and the current officers and members are as follows:

Nick Rowe, Chair
Clair Robshaw, Programme Secretary
Anne Howkins, Treasurer
Maria Dziedzan, Competitions Secretary
Linda Cooper, General Secretary
Social Media & Web Shenanigans: Nick Rowe & Clair Robshaw


Chairperson: To open and close formal meetings, introduce speakers and thank them at the end. To chair committee meetings and AGM. To present Chairperson’s report at AGM.
Vice-Chair: To stand in for Chair when Chair unavailable for meetings (any Committee Member can fulfil this role).
Treasurer: To keep accounts and manage banking. To present Financial reports at committee and AGM.
Programme Secretary: To organise speakers, workshop leaders, judges for formal meetings. To prepare yearly programme (in conjunction with Competitions Secretary) and present plan between AGM & November meeting.
Competitions Secretary: To publicise competitions in conjunction with social media wranglers. To administer competition entries and liaise with judges. To inform winners and arrange cheques with Treasurer as appropriate.
General Secretary: To take minutes at Committee meetings and AGM. Prepare and distribute minutes and to prepare Agenda for meetings.

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