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What better way to kickstart the weekend than to spend your Saturday morning in the stimulating company of fellow writers looking for camaraderie and motivation in solidarity? The writers' brunch is as much a weekly tradition as a fried breakfast but far less likely to clog your arteries. The way these brunches work is thusly-wise: • We meet up at the location specified on the event, usually the Jam Factory but I'll change it if they happen to have anything on • Order some drinks and food • We work on anything we like - there are no exercises or prompts, this is simply a time for you to get writing • We have set times when we take a break - in order to prevent people from getting disturbed, I'd rather keep the chat to defined periods every 45 minutes • We stay until whatever time we like, but most people leave sometimes between 1pm-3pm To prevent me having to tell everyone the writing times each week, we'll stick to the following: 12:30-13:15 - Writing 13:15-13:30 - Break 13:30-14:15 - Writing 14:15-14:30 - Break And so on. View these as drop-in meetings, so turn up at whatever time you like, but, please be mindful of the times above when people are hard at work on their writing!
The fortnightly reading & feedback events are your chance to get feedback on something you've been working on and/or to hear what the rest of the group's talented writers have been up to. For newcomers: there is no obligation to read out at these events, so please come along and listen. Each reader has a maximum of 10 minutes for reading (around a maximum of 1,500 words) and then another 5-10 minutes for feedback. Please bring a minimum of 10-15 printed copies so the group can follow along. Readings start at 7:30pm. We will try to get through as many people as we can. Please register your interest in advance by leaving a comment on the event (if you can, please specify the word count of your piece). Time is limited so not everyone will get a chance to read and priority is given to those who haven't read out recently. *** This event is free to attend but we ask for a voluntary donation of £3.00 per person to help with the running costs of the group (meetup fees, venue bookings, etc.)
We don't know what's going to happen on this date. It could be the dawn of a new era, or it could be the end of yet another week of negotiations. Either way, it's a good time to have a social. Please bring along an extract of European prose or poetry that has inspired and/or delighted you, and share it with us over some food and drink. By 'European' we mean the geographical sense of belonging to the continent of Europe, so that includes Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, Russia, and yes, the United Kingdom. We may even accept, if we are feeling generous, literature from countries which are not in Europe but have been in Eurovision. We are not a political group and the focus of this, as it is at all our events, will be to share and celebrate writing and have fun. Remember that whatever happens between all our nations, it can't take away the memory of a good read.