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 2nd August at the usual time of 7.30 in the Biffa Room at St. Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Bedford.
The topic is to write a piece of dialogue. Please write a piece that will take approx 5-10 mins to read out loud to the rest of the group. Visitors welcome!
Sept 6th Write something of your own choosing
Oct 4th Topic "What I did on my holiday"
Nov 1st Write something of your own choosing
Dec 6th A Christmas poem, with nibbles!
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 Thursday 5th July
Another very good turnout for our meeting on this hot bright evening. The Chair began the meeting by welcoming everyone and mentioning a few points of interest, as follows.
The in club competition to name the newsletter. All suggestions can be sent via e mail to the committee or handed to a committee member or placed in the suggestion box. (see 2)
To make sure everyone has a chance to be heard with any suggestions or comments a suggestion box will be available (by the biscuit area) at every meeting. These suggestions can be placed in the box either with names or anonymously.
John Broadhouse in conjunction with Houghton Conquest Art Society has organised for poppies to be displayed in a remembrance day service. If any member of Bedford writers circle has a poem they would like to see displayed along with the poppies please send them directly to John or a member of the committee who will pass them on. The Chair stated that this is an extra activity and will not be one of the themes for our group but may be something that we as individuals would like to be involved in.
The next group of themes were mentioned but again these can change if a member has a particular idea or theme they would like to see explored. The themes are August 2nd Dialogue, sept 6th No theme, Oct 4th What you did on your holiday, Nov 1st No theme Dec 6th A Christmas poem and our last round robin will be read out in its entirety plus nibbles and cake.
The Evening then began as always with a selection of short stories, poetry and extracts of longer works. There was a large variety of topics covered for our delight, from sausage dogs on the rampage on Guernsey to talking Kingfishers on the Tiber to silky knickers and Bras on display. Every piece of work as always was greeted with much enthusiasm and no end of admiration and all feedback well presented fairly given and well received.
The evening ended promptly giving us all that well needed escape from the sauna like heat of the room and the still hot air of the carpark. (Sounds like the start of a good short story eh?)