What we're about

Calling all poets, authors, screenwriters, playwrights and songwriters! This is the group for you. It doesn't matter what your experience is or how much writing you do.

Read-Out Sessions: We host weekly read-out sessions which allows you to bring along your work for constructive feedback, or sit-back and be inspired by the words of others.

Workshops & Writing Exercise Sessions: We host workshops on various topics; from story structure to character development, and also writing session events which include timed flash fiction challenges.

Speaker Events: From Authors to Publishing Agents, we invite guests to come along, tell you their story and answer any questions you may have.

This site is in connection with Orton.io (http://www.orton.io) a writing platform that was developed through starting this group. You can share your work, receive feedback, be part of a writing community and (coming soon) be able to play flash fiction games that get your creative juices flowing.

Don't forget to join our Facebook Group. We post writing competitions, job opportunities and events outside of the group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/OrtonWritersNetwork/
Any queries, you can message us directly via this group or email Beth at Beth@Orton.io

A big thanks to David, Cheryl, Oli, Ross and Kenzie who are organisers for the group and keep it running, and to The Sharp Project, our partners.

Upcoming events (2)

Online: Get to know your characters

Online event

Characters drive the story. They are the tools that you use to drive your story. So it's only right that you get to know them really, really well. Come along to this new session designed to help you to get to know your character. Bring along someone from your current work in progress, or a project you want to start or one that's been shelved for a while. No limits really. We will think of questions to ask about them, so you can introduce us to your character. Then some backstory. And then, find some scenarios to put them into. These will be silly or sad or surprising or scary. By the end, you will hopefully know your character better than you know yourself!

Online Read-Out Session

Online event


Join us for another online version of the regular Read-Out sessions via Zoom. Sign up here for the usual but remote feedback on your work. This is a forum for writers to read out works in progress and receive feedback. Because of the new format, we are going to ask that people post their work on Orton.io before the event and have the URL available to paste into the chat section so we can navigate to the page quickly. The zoom meeting link is in the location of the event. You should be able to head straight to the meeting by clicking it and it shouldn't ask you for a password. Please use the link in the location rather than in any e-mail you may receive. Cheryl Byrne will be the contact for any issues. Please get in touch using the messaging function on Meet-up rather than in the comments on the page. We have had to pay for a subscription to accommodate the size and duration of the meet-ups and so have to charge a small fee which will go toward maintaining the subscription until we can resume business as usual.

Past events (302)

Online Write-in

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