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Writers Together

Writers TogetherBased in:

London, United Kingdom

Brief Description:

Are you looking for a supportive, serious writers’ group in London?  WRITERS TOGETHER meet alternate Tuesday evenings, in Canford Road, SW11.  We provide critical feedback for prose writers who aim to be published commercially.  We look for talent and potential, ability to give/take/benefit from honest criticism, and commitment to getting published.  Numbers are limited.

Venue, Times and Frequency of Meetings:

We meet in my home in Canford Road SW11 on alternate Tuesday evenings.

First Established and a Brief History:

We started in 2005 after a previous group (founded in 1959) was wound up by its elderly host, and have met fortnightly ever since.

More About Writers Together:

We run the group democratically.  Between 7:30 and 10:00, we divide time into half-hour spots so that up to five can read and hear comments from each listener in turn, plus comeback and further discussion if time allows.  The evening ends with chat over a drink.  We also sometimes help each other one-to-one when other pressures permit.  One of us and some former members have had novels commercially published.

We keep a waiting list and from time to time invite a guest to attend for up to four meetings with no obligation.  If (s)he would then like to join, we discuss at our next meeting and let him/her know.  As well as writing ability/potential and commitment to getting published, we look for ability to give, take and benefit from honest but constructive criticism.  We also consider group dynamics.

We’re happy to hear any prose work aimed at publication and suggest a reading time no longer than 12-15 minutes to leave good time for comments and discussion within your half-hour.  We contribute £1 each per meeting towards refreshments and have a no smoking policy.

Top Tips for Other Groups:

Let each person give uninterrupted feedback before general discussion.

Give honest feedback, and be grateful for it, but respect the writer’s efforts and your fellow critics’ opinions.  Empathise with the writer’s intention; try to say where it is and isn’t achieved.

Contact Information:

Email Bobbie at: writers.together.london@gmail.com

Telelphone is 020 7228 8228 but emails much preferred.

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