What we're about

Writer? Based in London, you say? And interested in meeting to other writers to get thoughts, advice and encouragement? Then you'll want to come and join us.

We've been running this fortnightly writing group since 2010, giving feedback, support and a safe space for discussion ever since. We're part of the All Good Bookshop co-operative, and we're hosted by Collage Arts at the lovely Karamel Cafe, just a few streets away from Wood Green tube station and Alexandra Palace train station. So if you get there early, Karamel serves some of the best vegan food around, as well as some great drinks.

We meet every second Wednesday from 7.30pm. People can read out their recent work, receive feedback, and also act as part of a support group offering answers to writing questions. We're constructive, considered and do our best to be straightforward.

Upcoming events (5)

All Good Bookshop Writing Group (online social)

Online event

While we're all stuck in, catching up more regularly than every two weeks sounded like a good idea. So every other week, we're going to do a more casual social. Want to talk to writers? Join in - newcomers welcome. We'll check in, see what people have been doing and chat some writing, but also general catching-up. Use this link to download the zoom app, log in and join us, either with just voice or adding camera too. If you can make it, it'd be lovely to see you. https://zoom.us/j/84146808629 Password:[masked] Everything below here is mainly for the main writing group (every second Wednesday), but I figure it's useful for anyone who is new to the group and wants to know more about what we are. We're the All Good Bookshop writing group - we've been around for 10 years now. We offer writing feedback and discussion, whatever your level. Never been before? That's fine. Can only come once in a while? That's fine. Want to come regularly? That's fine. While we're predominantly narrative-based, any type of writing is welcome. Fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, novels, short-stories... bring it along and see if it fits. HOW IT WORKS First, we do introductions, which cover: 1 - Who you are 2 - What kind of thing you write 3 - What you're working on 4 - What you've done in the last two weeks. Then we find out who has stuff to read out (1,000 - 2,000 words), and who has questions/discussion points. If you'd prefer to do written hand-outs, you can as well. We then run through as many people as we can fit in, so they can read out or run through a discussion point. The group is run by Chris Brosnahan, an experienced writer and a long-running facilitator of writing groups. HOUSE RULES 1 - No egos. Everyone's stuff is up for criticism/feedback. 2 - Be constructive. We're not a review group - we're trying to help each other improve. 3. No pressure. You can turn up and just observe if you want - you're not under pressure to read out or feed back. 4 - This is a safe space. You don't know the backgrounds of everyone in the room. If you're going to read something that might be problematic or emotionally difficult, talk about it first - and if you're unsure, ask. If listening, you can leave the room at any time. This means it's a safe space to discuss topics/writing that might be difficult or problematic, while also not making people feel pressured to listen to things they find uncomfortable. 5 - Banned question: "Is this based on your own life?" - it doesn't add anything and can make discussion awkward. Please don't ask it. 6 - Let other people talk. You'll get your chance to feedback or ask questions, but it can be all too easy to talk over people. You also don't need to respond to every piece of feedback. 7 - Keep it respectful. Keep it friendly. Any problems? Get in touch and ask.

All Good Bookshop Writing Group (online)

Online event

While we're all stuck in, we're keeping the writing group going online. Join in - newcomers welcome. We'll check in, see what people have been doing and chat some writing, feedback, discussion, etc. Use this link to download the zoom app, log in and join us, either with just voice or adding camera too. If you can make it, it'd be lovely to see you. https://zoom.us/j/84146808629 Password:[masked] We're the All Good Bookshop writing group - we've been around for 10 years now. We offer writing feedback and discussion, whatever your level. Never been before? That's fine. Can only come once in a while? That's fine. Want to come regularly? That's fine. While we're predominantly narrative-based, any type of writing is welcome. Fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, novels, short-stories... bring it along and see if it fits. HOW IT WORKS First, we do introductions, which cover: 1 - Who you are 2 - What kind of thing you write 3 - What you're working on 4 - What you've done in the last two weeks. Then we find out who has stuff to read out (1,000 - 2,000 words), and who has questions/discussion points. If you'd prefer to do written hand-outs, you can as well. We then run through as many people as we can fit in, so they can read out or run through a discussion point. The group is run by Chris Brosnahan, an experienced writer and a long-running facilitator of writing groups. HOUSE RULES 1 - No egos. Everyone's stuff is up for criticism/feedback. 2 - Be constructive. We're not a review group - we're trying to help each other improve. 3. No pressure. You can turn up and just observe if you want - you're not under pressure to read out or feed back. 4 - This is a safe space. You don't know the backgrounds of everyone in the room. If you're going to read something that might be problematic or emotionally difficult, talk about it first - and if you're unsure, ask. If listening, you can leave the room at any time. This means it's a safe space to discuss topics/writing that might be difficult or problematic, while also not making people feel pressured to listen to things they find uncomfortable. 5 - Banned question: "Is this based on your own life?" - it doesn't add anything and can make discussion awkward. Please don't ask it. 6 - Let other people talk. You'll get your chance to feedback or ask questions, but it can be all too easy to talk over people. You also don't need to respond to every piece of feedback. 7 - Keep it respectful. Keep it friendly. Any problems? Get in touch and ask.

All Good Bookshop Writing Group (online social)

Online event

While we're all stuck in, catching up more regularly than every two weeks sounded like a good idea. So every other week, we're going to do a more casual social. Want to talk to writers? Join in - newcomers welcome. We'll check in, see what people have been doing and chat some writing, but also general catching-up. Use this link to download the zoom app, log in and join us, either with just voice or adding camera too. If you can make it, it'd be lovely to see you. https://zoom.us/j/84146808629 Password:[masked] Everything below here is mainly for the main writing group (every second Wednesday), but I figure it's useful for anyone who is new to the group and wants to know more about what we are. We're the All Good Bookshop writing group - we've been around for 10 years now. We offer writing feedback and discussion, whatever your level. Never been before? That's fine. Can only come once in a while? That's fine. Want to come regularly? That's fine. While we're predominantly narrative-based, any type of writing is welcome. Fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, novels, short-stories... bring it along and see if it fits. HOW IT WORKS First, we do introductions, which cover: 1 - Who you are 2 - What kind of thing you write 3 - What you're working on 4 - What you've done in the last two weeks. Then we find out who has stuff to read out (1,000 - 2,000 words), and who has questions/discussion points. If you'd prefer to do written hand-outs, you can as well. We then run through as many people as we can fit in, so they can read out or run through a discussion point. The group is run by Chris Brosnahan, an experienced writer and a long-running facilitator of writing groups. HOUSE RULES 1 - No egos. Everyone's stuff is up for criticism/feedback. 2 - Be constructive. We're not a review group - we're trying to help each other improve. 3. No pressure. You can turn up and just observe if you want - you're not under pressure to read out or feed back. 4 - This is a safe space. You don't know the backgrounds of everyone in the room. If you're going to read something that might be problematic or emotionally difficult, talk about it first - and if you're unsure, ask. If listening, you can leave the room at any time. This means it's a safe space to discuss topics/writing that might be difficult or problematic, while also not making people feel pressured to listen to things they find uncomfortable. 5 - Banned question: "Is this based on your own life?" - it doesn't add anything and can make discussion awkward. Please don't ask it. 6 - Let other people talk. You'll get your chance to feedback or ask questions, but it can be all too easy to talk over people. You also don't need to respond to every piece of feedback. 7 - Keep it respectful. Keep it friendly. Any problems? Get in touch and ask.

All Good Bookshop Writing Group (online)

Online event

While we're all stuck in, we're keeping the writing group going online. Join in - newcomers welcome. We'll check in, see what people have been doing and chat some writing, feedback, discussion, etc. Use this link to download the zoom app, log in and join us, either with just voice or adding camera too. If you can make it, it'd be lovely to see you. https://zoom.us/j/84146808629 Password:[masked] We're the All Good Bookshop writing group - we've been around for 10 years now. We offer writing feedback and discussion, whatever your level. Never been before? That's fine. Can only come once in a while? That's fine. Want to come regularly? That's fine. While we're predominantly narrative-based, any type of writing is welcome. Fiction, non-fiction, screenplays, novels, short-stories... bring it along and see if it fits. HOW IT WORKS First, we do introductions, which cover: 1 - Who you are 2 - What kind of thing you write 3 - What you're working on 4 - What you've done in the last two weeks. Then we find out who has stuff to read out (1,000 - 2,000 words), and who has questions/discussion points. If you'd prefer to do written hand-outs, you can as well. We then run through as many people as we can fit in, so they can read out or run through a discussion point. The group is run by Chris Brosnahan, an experienced writer and a long-running facilitator of writing groups. HOUSE RULES 1 - No egos. Everyone's stuff is up for criticism/feedback. 2 - Be constructive. We're not a review group - we're trying to help each other improve. 3. No pressure. You can turn up and just observe if you want - you're not under pressure to read out or feed back. 4 - This is a safe space. You don't know the backgrounds of everyone in the room. If you're going to read something that might be problematic or emotionally difficult, talk about it first - and if you're unsure, ask. If listening, you can leave the room at any time. This means it's a safe space to discuss topics/writing that might be difficult or problematic, while also not making people feel pressured to listen to things they find uncomfortable. 5 - Banned question: "Is this based on your own life?" - it doesn't add anything and can make discussion awkward. Please don't ask it. 6 - Let other people talk. You'll get your chance to feedback or ask questions, but it can be all too easy to talk over people. You also don't need to respond to every piece of feedback. 7 - Keep it respectful. Keep it friendly. Any problems? Get in touch and ask.

Past events (186)

All Good Bookshop Writing Group (online)

Online event

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