Sunday, 31 March 2013

Get Involved

We seem to be well-blessed with writers' clubs in the Nottingham area. Of course, we have a rich literary heritage around here with the likes of D.H. Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe. Whether that has anything to do with it I don't know.

I'm a member of two clubs.

Trowell Writers is a twenty minute walk from my house and takes place in the organiser's living room. Every other Monday we start by reading our latest piece of poetry or prose and then take part in a couple of exercises.

Nottingham Writers' Club meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the old Nottingham Mechanics Institute which is now a social club. On the first Wednesday we have a guest speaker, usually an author, journalist or publisher. Our second meeting of the month is where we can bring along our work to read out and get feedback from the other members.

The two clubs have widely differing resources and are run along completely different lines so I get a wide range of benefits from them both. I would strongly encourage anyone who writes to join a club. Writing need not be a lonely occupation. If you can't get to meetings many of them (including the two mentioned above) run associate membership where you get a newsletter and are allowed to enter the in-house competitions. If there are no clubs nearby why not start one? You don't have to be affiliated to any organisation and you can run them to your own agenda. Just get together with some like-minded friends and swap ideas. You won't regret it.

8 comments:

  1. Hi Keith

    Good to hear that you're still going strong with the writing clubs. As you say, a great place to learn and socialise. I'm still with Nottingham Writers' Studio (shifts permitting) and belong to a small off-shoot fiction group who meet once a month. There are 6 of us in the smaller group and I believe the chapters that I've had critiqued there, are much improved through other writers' observations.

    Keep writing. Ange : )

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  2. Good luck with all your writing, Angela. Thanks for dropping by.

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  3. There isn't a writing group near where I live but I go to one run by the author Elizabeth Lord which is fun and a great help to me. You are very luck to have two near you.

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  4. There are actually several other groups and we sometimes join in each other's events. You are lucky to have Elizabeth as a group leader. Thanks for commenting, Paula.

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  5. Good for you! I'm jolly well jealous. No groups around here. I tried going to one I saw advertised in a community newsletter, but I was the only one who showed up, and there were no more ads for it after that.

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  6. That's a shame, Susan. Console yourself in the fact that your writing reaches a lot of people through your blog posts.

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  7. It's a shame when writers can't benefit from writers' groups in their own area, as I know how much help and advice I've received, over the years, has helped improve my writing.

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  8. And now, as Chair at NWC, you're passing on that advice to other writers, Carol.

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