In 1943, and at the height of World War II, a small group of dedicated writers, amateur and professional, joined together and established Norwich Writers’ Circle.

The aim of the founders was “to encourage the art and craft of writing and promote good fellowship amongst Norfolk and Norwich writers generally”.

Our founders’ aim remains unchanged, and it is with that spirit that our Circle continues to flourish today.

We hold a yearly Programme of meetings from September through to July, meeting every first and third Tuesday at Anteros Arts Foundation, located within the city’s historic Cathedral Quarter.


Anteros Arts Foundation, 11-15 Fye Bridge Street, Norwich, NR3 1LJ


Our programme features a wide variety of visiting writers, many of whom set our in-house competitions, following a talk or workshop. We also regularly hold Club Nights, giving Circle members and visitors the opportunity to read aloud their work and hear feedback from our welcoming group. The Circle also holds popular socials at Christmas, and during the Summer.

For many years, Norwich Writers’ Circle held an Annual Open Poetry Competition which enjoyed great success with entries from around the world. The competition, which is designed to promote poetry and our popular writing group, has been adjudicated by such leading poets as George Szirtes, Martin Figura and Helen Ivory.

Building on the success of the O.P.C, the Circle in 2015 launched a new Open Short Fiction Competition in honour of Olga Sinclair – a long-serving, dedicated member, fondly remembered. This new competition has proved equally successful in its first year with entries from around the world.

Another new competition set to become a maimstay favourite is the in-house Past Search Competition for Non-Fiction. This is a sponsored competition with an historical theme – inaugurated by member, Gill Blanchard.

Past visiting writers to Norwich Writers’ Circle have included P D James, Ruth Rendall, Rose Tremain, John Timpson, Glenn Chandler and Malcolm Bradbury. Many of NWC’s guest speakers, such as Louis de Bernieres, who visited us during our 2011/12 Programme, attract a large public turn out.

Our recent successes have included members’ novels, short stories, non-fiction and poetry being published, both locally and nationally.

In addition to our main programme of events, during the Summer months members and group visitors are given the opportunity to meet for an informal and relaxed get-together at The Greenhouse. These meetings are usually held every first and third Saturday from 2.00pm onwards.

Please visit our Membership page for details on how to join us every year.

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