What we're about

The Oxford Writing Circle is a vibrant community of writers based in Oxford. We are equally open to complete beginners, very experienced writers and everyone in between. While the majority of our current members are writing fiction, many others are poets, non-fiction writers, dramatists, comic artists… all genres are welcome.

We give our members the opportunity to share their work (this is always optional) and receive feedback; to participate in discussion about other members’ writing; and to socialise with other writers.

If this sounds interesting, please just come along to one of our events to get an idea of what we’re about!

Typical events involve a few of the group’s writers each sharing a piece of their work (usually by reading aloud with listeners following along on paper or electronic copies). There is then a facilitated discussion of each piece, aiming to provide helpful feedback and critique. There is no obligation to share your work, or to comment on pieces, though we encourage as much discussion from as many voices as we have time for. We also have themed events - such as writing to a prompt - and more social gatherings. You can find more information on the individual event pages. All events are currently online.

As well as our facilitated events during the week, we also run a drop-in writers’ brunch (currently online) on Saturday mornings. This is simply a communal writing session, a chance to work on whatever you like amongst like-minded company.

Our Community Rules

Please read our guide on how to get the most out of our feedback sessions, available here. https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQYioGi0fnuWTszxJCdvVJPG82qoeA87xQinsChnjXoTyffFUsC9ZIhAyQkKEVWaxDgbg6HBewb11cz/pub

Our full Community Rules can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/u/1/d/e/2PACX-1vRafGOfNvI6IzQW8KyejZzM17cWjqBP4VQdLAEXN5baq48vDJuras_5YMEV6sqAAGfUbMzM0ZhqAOBu/pub

In brief, however…

The OWC aims to be a welcoming space for everyone. We are not perfect, but we strive to be anti-sexist, anti-racist, queer-friendly, trans-inclusive and non-ableist. Our group is generally lovely and people usually communicate constructively with each other, but in the rare event that you are made uncomfortable by the behaviour of another member, or if you feel that the group has acted contrary to the values stated above, we absolutely want to know about it so the group continues to be a fun, productive and safe community. If you have questions, concerns or queries, you are welcome to contact the group organisers (Tiffany Williams, Abigail Vint, Ian Robertson, Sarah Milne Das, Sarah Jones and Sophia Holme). Email us on oxfordwritingcircle@gmail.com , or message one of us on Facebook or Meetup.

Upcoming events (5)

Virtual Literary Quiz

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Join us on Zoom for a virtual literary quiz! Log on from 7:00pm and we'll start quizzing at 7:30pm. All you need is a pen and paper, or device to type on. It's all in fun, but bring your best competitive spirit! We appreciate donations (suggested £3) if you are able to contribute, to help with our group running costs. ZOOM LINK IN RSVP Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked]

OWC Virtual Brunch

Online event

Let's get together and write! This is not a structured session but merely an open virtual room that you can come and go as you please. For the comfort of everyone, we encourage you to use your webcams, as this will mostly be a quiet session. We will probably take some 15 minute chat breaks over the time. ZOOM LINK UPON RSVP A very loose schedule - if you arrive late - no problem! If people are writing away, you can just introduce yourself in the group chat and then get at it: 11:00-11:15 - Hello and intros 11:15-12:00 - Write 12:00-12:15 - Chat, any intros by newcomers 12:15-13:00 - Write 13:00-13:15 - Chat, any intros to newcomers 13:15-14:00 - Write! Look forward to seeing you or at least hearing you there! Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked]

OWC Virtual Readings and Feedback

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Please see our general guidance for virtual Readings and Feedback sessions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQYioGi0fnuWTszxJCdvVJPG82qoeA87xQinsChnjXoTyffFUsC9ZIhAyQkKEVWaxDgbg6HBewb11cz/pub A few highlights: - Arrive anytime after 7:00, for a 7:30 start. - Familiarise yourself with Zoom before the event. It’s good to know how to: mute/unmute, raise your hand, use the chatbox, turn webcam on/off. - We’d love to see your faces, so pop on your video, even just at the start! - If you’re reading, be prepared to share a Google Doc (or similar) link, or your screen, so we can follow along. Also check out the section on Receiving Feedback in our guidance. - If you’re providing feedback, make it constructive and be mindful of time. Also check out the section on Giving Feedback in our guidance. - Support us if you can! Donations (suggested £3) help keep us going. PayPal [masked] - Read the guidance before you join - it will make your experience more enjoyable! The event organiser for this session is Abigail Vint. ZOOM LINK UPON RSVP Our community rules: https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vRafGOfNvI6IzQW8KyejZzM17cWjqBP4VQdLAEXN5baq48vDJuras_5YMEV6sqAAGfUbMzM0ZhqAOBu/pub Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked]

OWC Virtual Brunch

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Let's get together and write! This is not a structured session but merely an open virtual room that you can come and go as you please. For the comfort of everyone, we encourage you to use your webcams, as this will mostly be a quiet session. We will probably take some 15 minute chat breaks over the time. ZOOM LINK UPON RSVP A very loose schedule - if you arrive late - no problem! If people are writing away, you can just introduce yourself in the group chat and then get at it: 11:00-11:15 - Hello and intros 11:15-12:00 - Write 12:00-12:15 - Chat, any intros by newcomers 12:15-13:00 - Write 13:00-13:15 - Chat, any intros to newcomers 13:15-14:00 - Write! Look forward to seeing you or at least hearing you there! Meeting ID:[masked] Passcode:[masked]

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OWC Virtual Brunch

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