Formal Meeting on 7 June Cancelled

Hi all!  Just a quick note to let you know that we've had to cancel our June formal meeting with poet and competition judge Leanne Moden due to virtually everyone having to be elsewhere (I'm stuck in Slough, for example). However, I will be conducting an interview with Leanne over Skype and will post the…


G is for Groups – writing groups

Great insights into why joining writers’ groups is a really good idea!

Off With the Fairies


Writing can be a lonely business. Especially early on, when it feels as though it’s impossible to know whether your writing is any good, or what you need to improve. You can share your writing, of course, and your family will give you all the encouragement and support you need to keep going. To learn writing as a craft, though, you need input from people who know the craft. This is where workshops and writing groups come in.

Sharing your writing with people other than your mum is always a daunting experience. Receiving a rejection from an unseen editor is bad enough, but having someone go through and point out all the weak spots and areas for improvement can feel like those dreams where you forget to get dressed and realise you’ve gone to work naked.

Oh, you don’t have those? Okay, moving on.

I’ve joined a few writing groups…

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New Anthology!!

We had a really productive meeting on Thursday on the group's plans for the Newark Book Festival in July with some great ideas from our members. We've got a bit of work to do but we hope to have a really engaging stall on the Saturday and Sunday in the Market Place. And the centre-piece…

Meeting: Mirth & Misogyny

We had a great informal meeting on the 19th April but before you get the wrong idea about what we found funny let me fill you in on the details. Anne had written a sharp piece on the prompt of "Impeccable Timing" which revolved around a rather unpleasant chap and his love of beautiful things…

Our Recent Talk on Magazine Writing

At the start of the month we had a great talk by Caroline Bingham on her adventures in newspaper and magazine publishing. She is the current owner and editor of the Lincolnshire Life magazine but has in the past worked for the Guardian, the Manchester Evening News and the Newark Advertiser. Lincolnshire Life is very…