We meet at 7:30pm on
the first Thursday of
each month at
The Biffa Room,
St. Mark’s Church,
(off Avon Drive),
Bedford, MK41 7UY
Visitors (18 and older) and prospective members are VERY welcome, whether experienced writers, beginners, or just curious. Simply turn up on the night or contact us by clicking on the 'Get in Touch' icon for an interesting, enjoyable, and possibly instructive evening.
Who Are We?
We are a group of Bedfordshire writers, with diverse skills and abilities. We are brought together by an interest in writing, and the hope of improving our writing with each others’ help.
We run friendly and informal meetings and appreciate the opportunity to read our work for comment and criticism by other members and to share ideas for inspiration from some pretty
skilful writers. We regularly write a 'Round Robin' story where each member of the group writes a chapter. These are available to read on the Round Robin Stories page.
We encourage reading. This helps us to hear how our work sounds, which in turn is a great tool for editing. Generally speaking we limit each other to about 10 minutes reading time each so that we have time for constructive critiscm and feedback, and we all get a chance to read.
Visitors pay £3.00 per meeting.
Membership costs just £6 per year.
Members pay £2.00 per meeting to cover hire costs, etc.
We also enjoy social occasions such as a Christmas dinner, occasional outings, barbeques and other group events when possible.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 6th February at the usual time of 7.30 pm in the Biffa Room at St. Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Bedford.
The theme for this week is "Sport" - interpret as you wish! Please bring a piece of work that will take roughly 10 mins to read out either related to the theme or something else you are working on. Or if you just want to sit in and listen, that's fine! Visitors welcome.
5th March: no theme
2nd April: "show" and write on the night - bring an interesting object!
Some of us are working on novels or long projects and so enjoy the distraction of writing to order for the night, and for those working on shorter writing projects, concentrating on a given title releases the creative imagination. We aim to mentor, motivate, encourage, have fun, and we look forward to seeing you.
Meeting Report for January 2020
The meeting was well attended with 13 members shaking off the winter festivities to come out and share a variety of work.
One member is about to upload another of her science fiction novels and the Chair told the meeting that his school panto had been performed and enjoyed. Success stories both.
The next couple of activities (including the plans for short pieces to be submitted to the Newsletter Editor for inclusion in the newsletter when appropriate) were outlined and an explanation of the the new format for the annual Round Robin explained.
The Chair moved swiftly on to the main business of the evening – listening and appraising each other’s work.
What an entertaining evening it turned out to be. We kicked off with a poem, and moved swiftly on to a gruelling description of a cycle ride in which the author reached her goal. We were all right there with her pedalling away. Next an extract from a memoir. Then came a blurb for the science fiction novel mentioned above with the author asking for comments on its impact. Then came an extract from a novel with dialogue so well written as to make the protagonists come alive. Moving on we heard a section of a story about environmentally aware children. This piece showed their hopes and enthusiasm and the fact that they would have to overcome some obstacles thrown in their paths. Another treat was a story about “Bootsy” the incorrigible dog who we are getting to know and love. A new member to the group brought along a very pictorial piece which put me in mind of Angels Carter and also made me see the writing as a painting of modern art. A short piece by one member showed the workings of a child’s fertile imagination, the beginning of creativity. Another environmental piece, set in the near future, showed adaptation and hope. Last came the story of the “Bumstead” family and their impending move. This book is in its second draft.
Certainly, we couldn’t hope for more variety.
The next meeting will be in the Biffa Room at St Marks, Calder rise at the usual time of 7.30 when the theme of the evening will be Sport. Any sport from any angle. We welcome visitors and contact details are to be found on this web site. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.