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 7th March at the usual time of 7.30 pm in the Biffa Room at St. Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Bedford.
The theme is to write a 200 word story, taking inspiration from a series of pieces of art work from Houghton Conquest Art Society (members will have copies via email). Bring a piece of work of your own choosing if you prefer. Please write something that will take around 5-10 mins to read out loud (max 1000 words for non-poetry items) to the rest of the group. Visitors welcome!
April: no set theme
May: AGM plus short, on the night, writing exercise
June: no set theme
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 February 2019
We have our Chairman to thank for setting up the recent writing challenge of producing a piece or two of performance work.
To this end the February meeting was mainly given over to reading draft Monologues in preparation for forwarding to a group of performance artists who are currently looking for suitable material.
For most members the writing of monologues was a new challenge and required a little adjustment of style. The offered drafts were discussed at the meeting and suggestions made for their improvement. The main concern being to lose the back stories and keep the dialogue crisp and direct. A bit of editing will be necessary for most pieces and the suggestions made by both the performers, who had attended a previous meeting to give us guidelines, plus comments from our members at the February meeting should mean we can prune the work down to its bare bones while still keeping the interest of an audience.
The next step, once satisfied with our edits, is to take the work along to the March meeting (hard copies will be required) for the Chair to take to the actors. Who knows, they may choose one or two to perform. Good luck to all those participating members.
Next on the agenda are responses (in about 200 words) to any or all of the paintings members have received via email from Houghton Conquest Art Society. These pieces will be displayed alongside the original paintings at the Houghton Conquest annual art exhibition to be held on 5th May. Drafts to be read at the March meeting, giving time for final edits.
Please note: These exercises are not in any way mandatory and we welcome work of any genre which will always get a hearing.
Visitors are most welcome so do come along and join us at our next meeting which will held in the Biffa Room at St Marks on 7th March at 7.30pm