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 in person 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.
The group holds regular meetings on the first Thursday of every month. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are currently holding meetings via Zoom rather than in person. Zoom meetings are easy to join: the chair sends a link via email shortly before the start of the meeting. Click on the link and follow the instructions. To use Zoom you need either a laptop with camera / microphone, or smartphone with camera / microphone. You will also need an internet connection and email address.
If you are interested in participating with the group via our montly Zoom meetings, please contact our chair on: [email protected]
At our regular Zoom meetings we continue to read out our work and receive feedback from other members. We alternate between having specific themes to write about and no theme evenings to provide an opportunity to read work of your choosing.
The theme for our next meeting on Thurs 1st October is: "Parody" - write a piece of work based on a known novel / short story / poem and see if other members can guess what it is!
There is no specific theme for our November meeting. Bring a piece of work of around 500 words / 5 mins of reading time - a short story, poem, or book extract.
Meeting Report via Zoom Sept 2020
Another successful (if small) Zoom meeting was held on Thursday 3rd September. Nothing like meeting in person but we had a good clear view of all participants on screen with good audio which helps no end. (Not like some I’ve experienced when it sounds as though people are crunching pork scratchings near the mike.) It is good to get together and give ourselves some impetus to keep writing. Thanks due to Andrew who sets it up for us.
No new members joined the meeting but that is not surprising at the moment and will surely come right once we get through the restrictions and the need to distance.
There was a good variety of work on offer this month, including a beautiful descriptive piece from Joy.
We are looking forward to hearing contribution on the subject of parodying a well- known novel and leaving the listeners to guess the original novel being sent up at our next meeting which should be fun.
We will be meeting via Zoom again on the lst Oct at 7 pm.