Writing Groups

Our writing groups all meet monthly. We don’t write on the night, but members read work aloud and give and receive constructive feedback.

Contact a group coordinator in the first instance to arrange coming along to a meeting. You are welcome to try a couple of meetings before joining Cambridge Writers.

Long Prose

Long prose may include anything from novels to biographies and memoirs. At a meeting, members read extracts of their work and receive helpful feedback on their writing from the rest of the group. Depending on numbers attending, you will have around twenty minutes to read your piece and receive feedback. It helps if you bring printed copies for other members to refer to, and write comments on, which will be returned to you at the end. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month.

Coordinator

Edwin Hall: contact


Online Creative Writing

This group arose during 2020, as an online meeting conducted over the ‘Zoom’ platform. It works in the same way as the long prose group described above, with extracts read out by members and feedback given and received. Extracts are shared beforehand for these meetings, so that members can have a copy to refer to as a piece is read out. Meetings are held on the second and third Tuesdays of the month, and ‘Zoom’ links will be emailed to those wishing to attend.

Coordinator

Siobhan Carew: contact


Poetry

The poetry group meets on the second Monday of each month. 3-13 people attend. Some of us are unpublished and are happy that way, but I think it’s true to say the tone is “professional” rather than academic or therapeutic. The format is pretty standard. The poet hands the work out. After having given people time to read it, the poet reads it. Then all but the poet discuss it. Finally the poet joins in. As you will appreciate, poetry needs the very closest attention to the text and this is hard to do if one can only listen. Therefore, at these meetings we ask that you bring along copies of the poem you wish to be considered.

Coordinator

Tim Love : contact


Short Prose

Short stories and short non-fiction are read at this group. As a guide to length, we usually ask that work substantially over 2000 words be read over two meetings. It helps if you bring printed copies of your work to the meetings for other members to refer to.

Meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month.

Coordinator

Tim Love: contact


Travel and Nature Writing

There are currently five members who work on travel narratives and who meet once a month.

Coordinator

Jane Wilson-Howarth: contact

Note: During Covid, some groups may be making special arrangements. Please check with group coordinators for the most up-to-date information on how groups are running.