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 (3)

Online Read-out Session

Needs a location

£1.50

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 online 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.

Please also make sure to limit your reading to 10 minutes at most. We generally have a lot of people who want to read and want to get through as many as possible, and whilst we won't cut you off at 10 minutes, please be mindful of others in the group.

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.

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.

Online Writing Exercises

Needs a location

£1.50

Join us for an online session of focused writing exercises. Have a bit of fun and flex those writing muscles.

We will have a few writing exercises prepared and have 10 minutes on each of them. Following each exercise you will have the opportunity to read what you have written and see how different each idea is that has sprung from the same seed. There will be no pressure to read out if you don't want to.

The session will take place on Zoom and the link is in the event location.

Online Read-out Session

Link visible for attendees

£1.50

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 online 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.

Please also make sure to limit your reading to 10 minutes at most. We generally have a lot of people who want to read and want to get through as many as possible, and whilst we won't cut you off at 10 minutes, please be mindful of others in the group.

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.

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 (471)

Read Out - In Person

Needs a location

£2.00

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