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.