What we're about

This group is for aspiring writers in Oxford, and is equally welcoming of those who'd consider themselves in the early stages of honing their craft, as it is to more experienced wordsmiths. You don't need to come prepared with a piece of writing to share - if you're not ready to - but you will be encouraged to share something you've created as you spend more time with us.

So if you want to learn more about creative writing (and get a chance to practice), get feedback on your work (and give feedback to others), and socialise with other writers in Oxford (a great opportunity to step away from that computer screen...), then come along and see what we're all about!

I haven't made it compulsory, but when you join I would really appreciate it if you could take a minute to fill in the two profile questions - thank you!

What are the aims of the group?

• To give you the chance to practice your craft

• To give you helpful, constructive feedback on your work

• To give you a better understanding of the fundamentals of fiction writing

• To socialise with other people with similar passions to your own

What do you do during a typical meeting?

The format will vary. Generally we will be discussing each others' work, with shorter pieces being read out loud, and longer pieces submitted (and read) in advance. These pieces might be something you're already working on, but because this group is also aimed at those who want to learn and get the chance to practice, we will also play around with little exercises or mini-assignments that give us the freedom to experiment (and importantly, get instant feedback).

I'm not a very confident writer and feel I've got a lot to learn - is this Meetup for me?

Absolutely! Together with giving each other feedback, we will also spend some time learning more about the craft of writing. How do I come up with ideas? How should I construct the plot? What narration style should I use? How do I write convincing dialogue? These are the sorts of questions we will be discussing as the weeks go on and hopefully you'll see your confidence grow.

Our Community Rules

Be respectful, be kind, listen at least as much as you talk.

The OWC aims to be a welcoming space for everyone, and the group organisers (Peter Meinertzhagen, Sarahs Jones and Milne Das, Tiffany Williams and Doc David) are very happy to be contacted in confidence should you have any concerns or suggestions. Our group is lovely and people communicate constructively with each other, but in the rare event that you are made uncomfortable by the behaviour of another member we absolutely want to know about it so the group continues to be a fun, productive and safe community. This is not a dating group, for example, so we would expect that members assume others are not looking for dates unless they clearly express otherwise.

Upcoming events (5+)

Literary Quiz Night

Common Ground Workspace

Teams of between one and four people. Excellent prizes. The semi-famous Rhombus Round and Literary Music Round, and more! All welcome.

A Writers' Brunch - Communal Writing Session

The Royal Oak

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!

Get Feedback On Your Writing: Fortnightly Workshop

Common Ground Workspace

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.)

What Inspires Us: European Edition

Common Ground Workspace

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.

Past events (398)

A Writers' Brunch - Communal Writing Session

The Royal Oak

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