What we're about

This is a group for anyone interested in writing and meeting other writers in the Caversham and wider Berkshire area. For our online meetings, we also welcome members globally.

All skill levels are welcome - published or unpublished, aspiring authors or enthusiastic hobbyists. We have members that write in all genres, so whether you write fiction or non-fiction, poetry or prose, fantasy or reality, you will fit right in.

We currently hold meetings in 4 different formats:

Writing Meetings. In which we'll either work on (or start) any writing project of our own choosing, or we'll set a theme or prompt for all to use as a starting point.

Feedback Meetings. In which we'll provide feedback on excerpts of members work, either submitted in advance or read out to the group on the night. Feedback should be constructive, encouraging, and tailored to the author's directed instruction.

Writes & Bites. In which we meet for a social evening, usually at a local restaurant. No writing involved in these events, they are an opportunity to get to know each other better and, of course, to discuss all things writing.

Writeshare Night. In which members get 10 minutes to read out some of their work to the group and get some spontaneous, first impression feedback.

We also have occasional one off special events, such as literary festival talks, book signings, launch parties, or author Q &As.

Upcoming events (4)

Writes & Bites - an in person social event!

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This is our regular social event for members to meet and chat over a meal at a local Caversham/Reading restaurant. We'll typically talk about all things writing, so feel free to raise any questions you might have about your own, or each other's, writing projects.

There is no agenda for this meeting - no laptops, pens or paper required. It is just a chance for us to get to know each other a little better, to meet new members, or to get reacquainted with those we haven't seen in a while.

This month we're meeting at a new venue - The Last Crumb in Caversham- that I’ve always found fun so I hope you like it.

To help us manage the numbers involved and allow us to confirm table size in advance wth the restaurant, I've set a limit of 8 people. This means that if you’re not coming please change your RSVP so that others can come. Thank you and I look forward to meeting everyone.

Members are responsible for their own food and drink.

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Write Night: Your Work in Progress (In Person Event!)

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This writing session is a chance for you to work on (or start) a project of your own. It's your space and time to use as you wish. And what better location to write in than a wonderful independent bookshop. Fourbears Books is on Prospect Street and the owner Alex has agreed to host some of our Caversham Writers' events. (We'll be limiting attendance to 10 people for the time being.)

What you'll need:
Just something to write on or with: bring a laptop, a tablet, pen and paper, or quill and papyrus - whatever works for you.

What to expect: We'll start off the meeting with introductions and a bit of a chat (which usually runs to about 30 minutes) about your writing or the project you are working on.

Then we'll write for about an hour, after which we can talk about where our writing took us and maybe share some of what we produced. No pressure, though - only share whatever you feel comfortable with.

(We do have a more formal feedback meeting that you can submit pieces to for review - check our upcoming events for more details.)

Adrian

Writeshare Night - Read Your Work To The Group (online event)

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In this event members have the opportunity to read out their work to the rest of the group and get some instant feedback.

What to expect: We shall take turns to introduce and read out our writing (10 minutes maximum) and then have a short while for some helpful responses and encouragement. Anyone that doesn't get a turn this time we will prioritize for the next one.

What do I read to the group? Anything you have written - a work in progress; a first draft; a finished piece. Anything that you'd like to share and get some immediate responses to.

Do I submit my work in advance? No, the object of the exercise is to get an immediate first impression response from members after you read the piece out.

The aim is to encourage our writing by having this space to share it and getting some spontaneous responses. We ask as always that this should be constructive and positive. It will be great to hear what we’re all working on.

Please note this will not be the same as our more formal feedback sessions where we submit a more substantial piece (up to 3000 words) in advance, giving everyone a chance to study it properly and give considered and detailed feedback.

Prompt-Write Night (online event)

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Join us for this writing session where we set a prompt or theme for members to follow and discuss afterwards - you don't have to be in Caversham, or even the UK, to join us online. In these online writing events we follow the format of our regular writing meetups (see below).

To do so, I will end the Zoom component of the meeting after 20 to 30 minutes so that we can all write for an hour without the feeling of being spied upon through our webcams! I will then restart the Zoom meeting and you will be able to re-join using the same link.

What to expect: We'll start off the meeting with introductions and a bit of a chat (which usually runs to about 30 minutes). I will then introduce a writing prompt for us all to follow, a jumping off point to act as a guide for the writing session. What you do with it, where you go with it, is entirely up to you! We'll write for about an hour, after which we can talk about where our writing took us and maybe share some of what we produced.

No pressure, though - only share whatever you feel comfortable with. (We do have a more formal feedback meeting that you can submit pieces to for review - check our upcoming events for more details.)

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Bookshare Night (online event)

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