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Writing at the Folk House Cafe
Hello scribes. This is an informal meet up at the Folk House, Park Street, Bristol, for writing your own stuff, generating ideas, and eating cake. Just bring your laptop or notepad and look for a small group of us huddled together, then come over and say 'hello'. We meet about 6pm and write til about 8.45pm, with spontaneous breaks for chat. See you there. Oh yes... "... go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

Bristol Folk House Cafe

40a Park Street · Bristol BS1 5SJ

What we're about

The one genre everyone writes is horror. They're called first drafts.

Writing! is a relaxed, informal group for writers of all kinds. Everyone is welcome, whether you're a professional writer, or just starting out. All you need is passion for the written word, and a desire to produce your own.

We host a number of different types of sessions:

Write Together: Does what it says on the tin. Turn up and write! No pressure to share or do anything other than write in companionable silence (although we do tend to have a good chat after). More on that here. (

Knowledge Sharing Sessions: We have all sorts of writers in the group with different levels of experience and skillsets. The knowledge sessions will take the form of informal, yet structured discussions around a topic of interest (e.g. characterisation or narrative voice) where one member of the group leads with a talk/presentation and everyone else pitches in. These are generally aimed at amateur writers but everyone is welcome. More here (

Critique Group: a structured workshop for mutual critiquing, meeting once a month. There's usually a waitlist, so please ensure you are willing to commit to it before RSVPing. More here. (

Read Aloud: a new session running every alternate Saturday. Not so much a critique group as simply the opportunity to read out our work, cheer each other on and provide mutual encouragement.

Drinks and social: We work hard. We deserve the occasional break. Keep an eye on the meetups for the occasional drinks night.

Other stuff: We'll also often get word of outside workshops or submission opportunities. Depending on the nature, they'll either turn up on the meetup as an activity or be added to the Submissions Thread in the discussion boards.

Don't see what you want? Let me (Sandra ( know. One of the great things about being in charge of a group of writers is getting to hear all the wonderfully creative ideas everyone comes up with for meetups. If you don't see what you want, we can add it if there's enough interest and I have someone willing to host.

We're also on Facebook! (

If you're interested in hosting, send me a message and I can get you set up.

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