Writers' groups

If you're a budding writer, regardless of your experience, come and join one of the friendly and welcoming writers' groups in Westminster Libraries.

1. Victoria library writers' group

Drop-in writing

A friendly writer's meetup for people who want to share their writing or be inspired to write their own work.
Get your pen out and write a flash fiction or longer work using a new keyword each month.

Booking not required, just turn up on the 3rd Friday of each month between 6pm and 6.50pm at Victoria Library. Please contact the library to confirm details of the next meeting.

2. Paddington library writers' group

The Paddington library writer’s group meets once a month, usually on a Tuesday from 6.45pm to 8.15pm at Paddington Library.

Members should pass their contact details to the Paddington library librarian who will contact them about the date of the next meeting.

The aim of this group is for budding authors or secret scribblers to read out their work to a group of fellow writers and for them to critique.

Your style or storyline may not appeal to all, but helpful suggestions can only encourage. You may not agree with suggested changes but discussing your work may make you view it in another light and spark off other tangents.

Writing can be a lonely business and, hopefully, the group discussions will encourage attendees to progress further with their novels, short stories and poetry and, hopefully, start sending them out to agents.

Please bring along anything you're working on - the opening pages of your novel or any other section you choose.

To become a member, please email Sara Ashbourne on sashbourne@westminster.gov.uk or drop by the library to sign up.

3. Westminster writers' group (Marylebone)

Westminster Writers was founded in 1996 and is the longest-established of the writing groups in Westminster libraries. Today, the group aims to provide a supportive and constructive workshop for works-in-progress. The group's 2007 collection, Writing on Dentistry, is available from Marylebone library.

Writers and readers who live, work, study in or are visiting Westminster are invited to come to Marylebone library on Monday evenings (6.30pm to 7.45pm) to discuss all things literary. Ask at the desk and one of the librarians will direct you.

Bring a book, article or blog you are reading which you think is (or isn’t) well written, a sample of your latest piece of work - even if it isn’t finished yet, your advice to others trying to write, or simply yourself. Also bring questions and recommendations of any writing workshops, courses or books about writing or subjects linked to the creative act of writing.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

Contact westminsterwriters@gmail.com for more information.

Last updated: 24 May 2017
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