In my survey and article Calling Up The Groups (published in BFS Journal 16), I set out many of the benefits of belonging to a writing group. Further to that piece, I have now put together this resource – a list of writing groups run by BFS members or associates.
All information is correct at time of going to press (September 2017). If you have any amendments, comments or updates to offer – or if you know of a group not listed here – please get in touch with me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
These are brief notes and contact addresses for each group. Please make any enquiries direct to the person or organisation listed, not via me! (Except for Clockhouse London Writers – which is run by me). Good luck – Allen
The T Party
Active, participatory group based in London and South East.
Or send an enquiry via their web page: https://tpartywriters.wordpress.com/contact/email-us/
Smaller, more personal participatory writing group based in Barnet, Greater London. Send an enquiry to Sandra Unerman on email@example.com
Milford SF Writers’ Conference
Annual, high-quality critiquing / networking residential week. British version of “Clarion”.
Or email Jacey Bedford on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Glasgow SF Writers’ Circle
Critiquing, participatory group based in… Glasgow!
Enquiries to: email@example.com
Based in Leicester. Critiquing and writing.
Address all membership and attendance enquiries to Selina Lock on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clockhouse London Writers
Participatory writing group based in north London. Meets monthly.
Contact Allen Ashley on: email@example.com
Meets in Costa Belsize Park, London every Saturday from 10am. Friendly, welcoming, active writing group. Suitable for all levels. Free. Enquiries to: David: firstname.lastname@example.org or Olga: email@example.com
Online critiquing / mentoring SF groups overseen by Ms Terry Jackman.
Contact Terry Jackman on Terry@terryjackman.co.uk
Vale Royal Writers
Active, participatory, friendly group based near Northwich, mid-Cheshire.
Meets first Monday each month 7.30pm to 10pm. £10 year membership + £1 per evening. Enquiries to Bob Barker (chair) on firstname.lastname@example.org
Or check out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ValeRoyalWritersGroup/
Courses and Cumulative Workshops
University of Bedford
The Creative Writing degree option at the University of Bedfordshire based in Luton offers several genre modules such as “Writing Horror and Dark Fantasy”.
Contact Lesley McKenna on: email@example.com
The Writers’ Greenhouse
Based in Oxford. Run by Megan Kerr. Offers several term-length participatory courses in genre fiction such as “Story Elements”.
The Writers’ Greenhouse website: http://www.thewritersgreenhouse.co.uk/
Contact Megan Kerr on: firstname.lastname@example.org