From 7.30 – 9.30 pm on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays September to July


17th SEPTEMBER 2019. OPENING NIGHT when we welcome historical novelist RALPH JACKMAN, author of Actium’s Wake and Agrippa’s Wake, creative writing tutor and former adjudicator of the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition.   Ralph will outline our in-house fiction competition for THE COOPER PRIZE (Deadline for entries 15th October 2019)

1st OCTOBER.  WORKSHOP ON CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, a key requirement in both fiction and non-fiction. In this workshop, led by IAIN ANDREWS and KATHY JOY, we will use a Murder/Mystery Game as the basis for fleshing out participants, identifying virtues, vices and personal goals that complement and enhance the plot.

15th OCTOBER. ADJUDICATION AND PRIZE-GIVING for the Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2019, themed to ‘Spooks’ Meet our adjudicators, writer and environmentalist PIERS WARREN, author of Black Shuck: The Devil’s Dog & Jarrold Book Buyer HOLLY AINLEY. The top three winners will receive cash prizes and signed books with the top ten stories published in the 2019 Anthology. Reading of top three stories. Wine Buffet.  All welcome.

5th NOVEMBER. Join us as we host a PANEL discussion on Self-Publishing and Marketing. The panel will consist of BRENDA GOSTLING, Marketing Consultant and author & publisher of children’s book Sister Poppy at the Front, STUART WALTON, copywriter, publisher and web designer from GetProCopy  Ltd, and KATHY JOY, from Fine Tune Your Fiction critique service and author and publisher of Last One to the Bridge and Shop of Liars.

19th NOVEMBER. STEPHEN CARVER, literary historian, editor and novelist will talk about his writing career, his titles, love of motorbikes and of horror books, before setting the brief for THE PAST SEARCH PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION. (Deadline for entries 21st January 2020)

3rd DECEMBER. RALPH JACKMAN returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Cooper Prize.

10th DECEMBER. 7.30 pm.  Members’ Christmas Party Night & BYO shared buffet at The Chantry Hall.  Light-hearted quiz. Partners and friends welcome.

21st JANUARY 2020.  We start the New Year by welcoming Poet ANDREW McDONNELL, whose first full poetry collection, The Somnambulist Cookbook was published by Salt in March 2019, receiving much acclaim in the city and beyond.  Andrew will talk about his work and lead a poetry workshop.

4th FEBRUARY.  MANUSCRIPT/CRITIQUE EVENINGYou are welcome to share excerpts (maximum 1,000 words) from current projects or past work.  Working in small groups you will receive feedback from fellow writers while practicing your critiquing skills. If possible bring 6 print outs of the extracts you would like discussed.

18th FEBRUARY. STEPHEN CARVER returns to assess and adjudicate entries for The Past Search Prize for Non-Fiction.

3rd MARCH.  FREE WRITING EVENINGEither bring your own projects and work alongside fellow writers without the distractions of home OR alternatively stretch your imagination as you write in response to prompts provided by our team. Fuelled by free tea and coffee throughout the evening! Bring paper and pens.


It might be that meetings later in the year will still go ahead, however, at this stage, we cannot be certain.

We value the safety of our members,  guests, and speakers, and so will follow government guidelines, which is why we have cancelled our meetings. Should these  guidelines change and we are given the all clear, then meetings may resume before the end of the season. 

In the meantime, we are running some of our events online instead:

21st April 2020 – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Olga Sinclair Prize Competition Launch Gala

Join us from the comfort of your own home and hear what our adjudicators are looking for in a winning entry, and receive tips and advice on how to explore the theme. We’re also holding three free prize draws where you can win free entry into the competition as well as copies of our anthologies.

Entry is free.

Every Tuesday for 14th April 2020 – 28th July 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Weekly Online Write-In

Spend a few hours with writers from around the world and get some writing done. Whether it’s a novel, short story, poem, screen play, essay, or even a blog post, join us.

At the end of the session you’ll have the chance to share some lines you are most proud of.

Entry is free.