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Creative Writing Class in Marlow Buckinghamshire

Contact Name: Liz Everett

Group Description: All are welcome and the group is ideal for beginners too! The Creative Writing Group was set up to ignite your natural Creative Writing talents in an encouraging and supportive environment.
The group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6-7 pm and is run by Liz Everett.

Email: lib-mar@buckscc.gov.uk  (please put ‘Creative Writing Group’ in your subject line)
Telephone: 0845 2303232
Address: Marlow Library, Institute Road, Buckinghamshire SL7 1BL

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Arts Advance Writers' Group

Barry Hall
Trinity House Social Centre
PO Box 93
Newcastle upon Tyne NE32 4XY

Group Description: Fortnightly meetings 6.30pm-9pm on Mondays at Trinity House Social Centre, South Shields. For local writers.

Burgess Hill Poets

10 Wren Close, Burgess Hill
West Sussex RH15 9UJ

Group Description:To apply for this writers group please contact Margaret Bennett at the address supplied. Include two or three samples of poetry with your written application. Several poets renowned for their success in having poems published with national publishers.

Contact Name: Margaret Bennett

Tel No: 01444245230

Cannon Poets

Greg Cox
Cannon Poets
The Post Office Building
149-153 Alcester Road
Birmingham B13 8JP

Since 1983, Cannon Poets have met monthly at the MAC [Midlands Arts Centre] Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. However, due to the extended closure of Midland Arts Centre, since April 2008 we now meet at Moseley Community Development Trust, The Post Office Building, 149-153, Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8JP.

Carlisle Writers

Address: 7 Grovesnor Place, Carlisle, CA3 9LL

Group Description: The group meet on the first and third Mondays of the month in the RAOB Club, Fisher Street, Carlisle, from 7-9pm, to share and discuss their own work (poetry and prose) with others.  They have published several anthologies.  Open to all abilities - beginners welcome.

Century Poets

Century Poets
35 Brandreth Court
Harrow HA1 2JU

Group Description: We meet irregularly , but regularly exchange new English poetry as emails and thus keep alive and promote the noble art of poetry among our friends. We are now reviving monthly meetings in two locations in London -- Harrow and Islington.

Contact Name: Professor Kopan Mahadeva

Telephone Number: 02084 240545

Email: professorkopanmahadeva@yahoo.co.uk

Chanctonbury Writers

Fay Marshall
Chanctonbury Writers
56 Cissbury Gardens, Worthing
BN14 0DZ

Group Description: We meet in each others' homes, within a 10-mile radius from Worthing, on the first Tuesday evening of each month, to share our creative writing (prose or poetry) and give positive feedback.

Chill Pill

Deanna Rodger
Scream Bar
Bethnal Green Road
London City of

Group Description: Scream Bar - downstairs (Bethnal Green Road, London). Every Tuesday 7.30pm-11pm. A FREE mellow music and spoken word night that's all about chillin'. Smooth old school grooves: Funk, Soul, Indie, Ska, Rock, everything else!

Eastwood Writers' Group

Eastwood Writers' Group
Brinsley Parish Hall
Cordy Lane
NG16 5BY

Group Description: Aspiring Writers. Meet every Tuesday at 1.30pm at Brinsley Parish Hall. Self-help group. New members welcome. Prose and Poetry.

ELAB: Eelavar Literature Academy of Britain

35 Brandreth Court
Harrow HA1 2JU

Group Description: We meet monthly and exchange supportive peer-criticism on poems, essays and plays on pre-chosen topics. Then we select the best writings, polish up, edit and publish them as anthologies. ELAB operates in English and Tamil. We actively promote cross-fertilization between English and Tamil Literature.

Contact Name: Professor Kopan Mahadeva

Telephone Number: 02084 240545

Email: professorkopanmahadeva@yahoo.co.uk

Falkirk Writers' Circle

Isobel Quinn
Green park Centre

Group Description: Tuesdays 7.30pm-9.30pm. Green Park Centre, Polmont. Our aim is to promote & encourage all aspects of creative writing.

Fosseway Writers

Wheatley House
Gainsborough Road, Newark
Nottinghamshire NG24 1NN

Group Description:1st Thursday in month 7pm-9pm in local community room. Speakers, Workshops. Informal group.

Contact Name: Mrs Diane McClymont

Telephone Number: 01636 705952

Email: dianemcclymont@btinternet.com

Gamlingay & District Writers' Group

Tracey Goodwin
Gamlingay & District Writers' Group
Homefields, 12 Heath Road, Gamlingay
Cambridgeshire SG19 2JE

Group Description: We have a monthly theme, produce work on the theme, distribute the work a week in advance of the meeting and then meet on the first Thursday of the month to discuss it. The emphasis is on learning through mutual support and encouragement.

Harlow Writers' Workshop

Adrienne Tinn
The Moot House,
The Stow, Harlow

Group Description: We meet on Thursdays from 10am - 12 noon (in The Moot House, The Stow, Harlow) to share work and offer helpful comments and criticism.

Herga Poets

Mrs Dorothy Pope
Telephone: 0208 864 314
Herga Poets
10 Runnelfield, Harrow on the Hill
Harrow HA1 3NY

Group Description: Adult poetry writing group meeting on the third Sunday afternoon on the month (second in December) at 2pm. We read the poem we've written during the month. Must phone first.

Llandudno Writers

Brian Lux
Llandudno Writers
49 Abbey Road
LL30 2EH

Group Description: We meet at local library second Wednesday each month (except August). Aim is to write. Invited authors/tutors, encouraged to set writing tasks. 3 published authors from this group.

Monkeyrack Writers

15 Cheltenham Road

Contact Name: Ron Baker
Telephone Number: 01524 381642
Email: ronald.baker6@btinternet.com

Oldham Writing Cafe

Oldham Writing Cafe
PO Box 656 Oldham

Group Description: By writers, for writers, all genres - We are a skill sharing, creative writing group. We meet every first and third Saturday in the month from 10.30-12.30 at Lees Library, Thomas Street, Lees, Oldham, OL4 5DA. We do writing excercises, workshops, offer critiques, while enjoying a lovely lunch.

Telephone Number: 07522 664347

Email: writingcafe@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.webjam.com/oldhamwritingcafe

Plymouth Proprietary Library Writers Group

Plymouth Proprietary Library
111 North Hill

Group Description: Meeting on the first Saturday of each month from 10.00 - 12.00.

Contact Name: Ruth Muttlebury
Telephone Number: 01752 660 515
Email: plymouthproprietarywriters@gmail.com

Poetry Found

Justine Tennant
Poetry Found

Poetry Found is a match-boxed size magazine containing short poems. "Poetry in little booklets, Scattered all around. In bars, on buses Or cafe tables, Waiting to be found!" Visit the website or email Justine for further details on how you can obtain a copy, become a Poetry Found volunteer and help scatter the mini mags nationwide as well as how you can submit your work.

Portway Writers

Portway Writers
11 Chapmans Close, Wookey, Wells
Somerset BA5 1LU

Group Description: Part of Somerset County Council's skills and learning programme. Meet two times per week in term time only (beginning again in October 2010). Operate as a workshop in beginner and intermediate classes.

Contact Name: Judith Thomas

Telephone Number: 01749 676441

Email: jmthom@tiscali.co.uk

Robins Wood Writing Group

Robins Wood Writing Group
Norton Community Centre
Kempton Way
Norton, DY8 3AP

Group Description: We pass around written ideas and write a piece about the idea which we get. We meet every Thursday at Norton Community Centre.

Contact Name: Fran Pinches

Telephone Number: 01384 273373


Southampton Writers Circle

Thornhill Road,
SO16 7NY

Group Description: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays in each month from September to May.

Contact Name: Barbara Jackson

Telephone Number: 02380 773015

Email: barjaxplume@yahoo.com

The Norwich Writers' Circle

Doreen Rosser
4 Marion Road
Thorpe Hamlet, Norwich
Norfolk NR1 4BN

The Norwich Writers' Circle meets every first and third Tuesday of the month at 7.30pm from September to summer at the Assembly House, Norwich, to listen to talks from established authors, agents etc. of the writing world or to hold manuscript evenings, where members of the group share their current work for constructive criticism by other group members.

The Untapped Writers

The Untapped Writers
2 Willets Pond, East Bergholt
Suffolk CO7 6TY

Group Description: 8 members meet weekly to help one another with writing projects; to produce an annual anthology and to put on performances.

Contact Name: John Talman

Telephone Number: 01206 299214

Email: john.talman1@btinternet.com

The Writers Study

West Moors Village Hall
Lantern Lodge, 84 Moorlands Road, West Moors

Group Description: We are a non-profit making study group - we do NOT teach. We have three terms a year, consisting of six fortnightly meetings. We meet in the West Moors Village Hall from 7pm - 9pm. Our meetings are manuscript reading/critique. One meeting of each term is devoted to a workshop. We hold in-house competitions and encourage our members to enter competitions from local magazines, other groups, hospital radio broadcast etc. We have an extensive library of books on all aspects of writing and do our best to help those looking for agents and publishers.

Truro Creative Writers' Group

Website: www.trurocwg.wordpress.com

Truro Creative Writers' Group, a member of the National Association of Writers' Groups, meets regularly on the first and third Thursday of each month from 2 to 4 p.m in the Royal Legion Building. We publish an annual anthology of members' work.

Our Objects are simple

· We intend to enjoy ourselves.

· We aim to develop our skills and will tackle new writing projects to extend our range.

Woking Writers Circle

Woking Writers Circle
Lanreath, 1 Delta Road, Chobham
GU24 8PY

Group Description: A lively group dedicated to supporting and helping writers in the Woking area. We meet twice a month: A social breakfast meeting on the first Sunday of the month to discuss the business of the group; exchanging details of competitions and literary festivals, circulating mailings and details of any other relevant future activities. On the third Thursday of the month we meet for a reading meeting. At the August and December meetings there are social activities, appropriate to the time of year, ie. a garden party/barbecue/murder mystery evenings/dinner at a local restaurant.


293A Titchfield Road, Titchfield
PO14 3ER

Group Description: A mixed afternoon group for mutual support in the writing world. In touch with the latest marketing, publishing, competitions, conferences and literary opportunities. Main interests, prose, poetry, plays, articles, but other disciplines are occasionally explored. Meetings take place on the first and third Thursday afternoons of the month (except August) at 1.30. Annual study day. Membership limited to 22.

We hold annual poetry and prose afternoons/evenings.
In 2013 we shall be celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Contact Name: Rosa Johnson

Telephone Number: 01329 846480

Email: liza.look@btinternet.com

Website: www.titchfieldwordwrights.com

Writers Meet

Writers Meet
20 Thackery Avenue, Clevedon
BS21 7JJ

Group Description: 2nd and 4th Thursday in the month. Support group for writers, critiques, visiting speakers, outings, publications etc but first and foremost to offer support.

Contact Name: David Robinson

Telephone Number: 01275 873452

Email: e2snake@talktalk.net

Yarm Writers

Yarm Library
24 Greenway, Ingleby, Barwick
TS17 0SZ

Group Description: Fort Nightly at Yarm Library 10am-12noon. (Closed 22nd July - 5th September). We set a title to write on, but members also bring their current work, poetry, prose etc. We read out work and try to give helpful comments. Mostly, we write because we enjoy it. As a group we will be starting our 31st year in September 2010. No entry fees. 50p for tea or coffee and a biscuit.

Contact Name: Doris Perley

Telephone Number: 01642 769937

If you run a writing group which is not listed, please contact us with some details of your group, the group name and the group location and we will be happy to add it to our register. Alternatively, if you can't find a writing group near you, why not consider starting one yourself. Please email us directly at info@forwardpoetry.co.uk and we will add your writing group to enable others to find your group. Happy writing!

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