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 £2.50 per meeting.
Membership costs just £6 per year.
Members pay £1.50 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 3rd May at which we have our AGM. Following this, please bring a work of your own choosing to read out on the night, or bring a poem. Visitors welcome.
June - write a magazine or newspaper article of 800 words
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 5th April
There was a good turnout for this months meeting which was lovely to see. The meeting started with the reminder that next months meeting will start with the AGM. If anyone wishes to stand for a role on the committee, please forward your name to our secretary Laura, or any other committee members.
The theme for this evening was ‘science fiction’ and we were not disappointed with a fine array of stories. As a group we were treated to many different takes on the theme, from ongoing works taking us on a journey with a crew struggling in their strange environment whilst being manoeuvred by a now more than human computer, to strange cleaning machines that will tidy anything away ( including the bodies of their owners). We were also riveted to our seats by members who had bought other genres of writing, dark tales of a small mercy in a hospital and the true recounting of a World War One meeting. As always the evening was very encouraging to all with some great feedback given.
At the close of the meeting we were reminded that after next months AGM there is no theme for any stories, so feel free to come along and join in.