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All skill levels are welcome - published or unpublished, aspiring authors or enthusiastic hobbyists.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 get together to 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, submitted in advance. 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.

• Bookshare Night. In which members bring a favourite book to discuss. These meetings are themed by genre and members are encouraged to discuss how their favourite books influence their writing.

Upcoming events (4)

Prompt-Write Night

Online event

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 rejoin 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.)

Bookshare Night - What Did Santa Deliver?

Online event

Hello members, old and new. Book share night is when we have a discussion around books we have read and would like to share, usually with a particular theme. Last time, shortly before Christmas we discussed books we’d like to get for Christmas- and ones we’d like to give. I was wondering how this went and has lockdown given you time to read them? If you have a book you’d like to share with us please bring it along and give a short introduction and tell us what you thought about it. If you haven’t had the time or inclination to read recently you can share one from any time- my sense of time often goes missing nowadays anyway! I always find it interesting to hear about the books that others have read and discussing the issues that arise from them. I look forward to to welcoming you all to our discussion. Irene

Write Night: Your Work in Progress

Online event

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. 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 rejoin 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). In this meeting, we do not set writing exercises or suggest themes - attendees are free to work on (or start) any writing project of their choice. 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.)

Writing Feedback Meetup

Online event

**Submissions to me by Friday 5 February please. Thank you** Our Feedback Meetings give you the chance to share your work with other writers. All genres welcome. We have time for two pieces each month. Members are also welcome to attend just to provide feedback. First come first served, so indicate your interest in the comments below or send me a message. * The word limit is 3,000, although no one will begrudge you a token few more if they're needed to complete your article/chapter/short story! * However, the word limit drops to 1,500 if the work is being read out on the night rather than distributed beforehand. This is because reading out loud takes up more time. Please indicate what feedback you'd like. This could be specific, such as comments on the plot or use of language, or general such as whether or not people feel it needs more work. IMPORTANT: Feedback must be constructive. Members' work is confidential. By clicking to attend this meeting you are agreeing that you will not share others' work outside the group.

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Writing Feedback Meetup

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