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 is on Thursday, 7th June. The topic is to write a magazine or newspaper article of around 800 words. As always, you are welcome to bring your own work, including poetry, to read out on the day. Visitors welcome!
July - work of your own choosing
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.
Thursday 3rd May
We gathered for the AGM in the Biffa room at St. Mark’s. The Secretary and Treasurer had both prepared documentation and circulated it prior to the meeting.
Before the business of the meeting got underway the Treasurer reminded members about the art exhibition at Houghton Conquest where our joint art/writing exercise would be on display.
That done, the Chair gave his welcome and we moved on through the agenda first hearing reports from Committee members. Next, we voted on minor amendments to the constitution, discussed new data protection regulations and accepted that the monthly meeting fee would rise from £1.50 to £2.00 while the annual subscription would remain at £6.00. The small raise in fees was made to offset the increasing costs of rent and refreshments and come into effect from the June meeting. The election of a new committee took place with a new chair being voted in. The previous Chair moved to Ordinary member and a new Newsletter Editor was voted in. Vice Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and Website Manager posts remain as before. The new Chair was welcomed and took over the meeting.
The remainder of the evening was spent hearing member’s and guest’s work being read.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, 7th June. The topic is to write a magazine or newspaper article of around 800 words. As always, you are welcome to bring your own work to read out on the day. Visitors welcome!