What we're about

Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Group is a group of active writers in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other speculative fiction realms, who get together to critique each others work, share knowledge, and generally encourage one another. Members are serious about their writing, open to honest criticism, and willing to offer critical insight to their fellow writers.

You can find our website at http://www.spectrumwriters.com

Who this group is for: writers of speculative fiction working on short story, novel and similar formats, including the odd poem. We have the occasional screen writer, but note this group primarily focuses on the published format.

Who should attend: both aspiring and published authors are welcome. It is a great arena to workshop your story, find out what is working, what might not be, and to gain insight from members with a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.

How often we meet: we are entirely online at the moment, using our very own Discord server for most of our activities. Critique meetings take place every two weeks, and we have monthly special events and daily write-together check-ins.

What is expected of you: every meeting will have a work submitted by one or two members. The submission is usually a chapter from their novel or a short story. Members are expected to read the submission before attending, with an eye toward providing constructive feedback to the author. Each member will be given approximately 2.5 minutes to provide feedback, and can also provide the author with more detailed written comments as well.

What you can expect: to get motivated and inspired, to improve your craft, to build confidence in your own work, to network with others, to learn about the publishing industry, and to have fun doing it!

For more details on how the group works, check out our website, and join our Discord server. See you there!

Upcoming events (1)

Spectrum Critique Meeting (ONLINE)

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A critique meeting for short stories and novel excerpts written by our members. We will be critiquing one to two pieces at this session.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, we are still hanging out on Discord (voice/audio only). Instructions on how to join our server can be found here: https://spectrumwriters.com/members/discord-info

We aim to post the new submission(s) for this event around a week or so before the event. Please wait until we have confirmed the new submissions are live before downloading anything. To access them, you need to sign up on our website and download it from the Members area under 'Submissions', then 'Upcoming Meeting'.

New members are absolutely welcome - please feel free to come say hello and see how the group works. An overview of how the critique meetings are formatted can be found on our website: https://spectrumwriters.com/about/critique-meetings/

*** PLEASE NOTE: This is not an instant virtual meeting like Zoom. You'll need to create a Discord account and join our server, which runs all the time, and then join the Voice Chat at the time of the session. Please allow extra time to complete this ahead of the meeting. ***

If you are having trouble getting onto Discord, signing up on the website, or have any other questions, leave a comment here and one of the organisers will get back to you.

Lastly, if you are able to, please consider tossing us a coffee's worth of change towards our running costs - it will be hugely appreciated! https://ko-fi.com/spectrumwriterslondon

Hope to see you there!

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Spectrum Critique Meeting (ONLINE)

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