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 December 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 Christmas poem, or 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. Since it is the last meeting of the year, we will have nibbles to celebrate which members of the committee will bring. Visitors welcome!
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 November 2018
The Editor of the Group’s newsletter “Write-on” (circulated monthly to members only) was thanked for the comprehensive content.
The Chair put the members in the picture about the up-coming extra meeting in the form of a monologue workshop which will be a joint exercise with actors from a Bedfordshire theatre who are looking for material to perform.
Other group business was discussed briefly before we got onto the main part of the evening which was an opportunity to showcase the individual scripts that the group members have been working on since we last held a free manuscript session. As ever, a good selection was on offer from Haiku through monologue, short stories and real-life experience to Chapters of work-in-progress of novels targeted at both children and adults. There is never any lack of variety and all pieces were well commented on.
There was, in fact, a marked improvement in the level of discussion of each piece since we had decided to do away with the clapping that had somehow become ubiquitous over the course of the past few meetings and tended to silence the comment needed to improve the standard of writing.
The Monologue Workshop will be held on Thursday 8th November and the next Group meeting will take place on 6th December when we will enjoy some seasonal treats along with our Christmas themed pieces. Both meetings will be held at the Biffa Room, St Mark’s and visitors are welcome to attend both events.