We meet at 7:30pm on
the first Thursday of
each month at
The Biffa Room,
St. Mark’s Church,
(off Avon Drive),
Bedford, MK41 7UY
Visitors (18 and older) and prospective members are VERY welcome, whether experienced writers, beginners, or just curious. Simply turn up on the night or contact us by clicking on the 'Get in Touch' icon for an interesting, enjoyable, and possibly instructive evening.
Who Are We?
We are a group of Bedfordshire writers, with diverse skills and abilities. We are brought together by an interest in writing, and the hope of improving our writing with each others’ help.
We run friendly and informal meetings and appreciate the opportunity to read our work for comment and criticism by other members and to share ideas for inspiration from some pretty
skilful writers. We regularly write a 'Round Robin' story where each member of the group writes a chapter. These are available to read on the Round Robin Stories page.
We encourage reading. This helps us to hear how our work sounds, which in turn is a great tool for editing. Generally speaking we limit each other to about 10 minutes reading time each so that we have time for constructive critiscm and feedback, and we all get a chance to read.
Visitors pay £3.00 per meeting.
Membership costs just £6 per year.
Members pay £2.00 per meeting to cover hire costs, etc.
We also enjoy social occasions such as a Christmas dinner, occasional outings, barbeques and other group events when possible.
Update: there will be no in-person meetings until the current restrictions regarding Covid 19 are lifted.
For members, activities are continuing via email: you can volunteer to write an episode for the latest Round Robin; write a story with a maximum of 100 words for the newsletter; and don't forget to write a descriptive piece for our collaboration with the Houghton Conquest Art Society.
If you wish someone to review a piece of work you are working on, please email the work to our chair, Andrew. He will forward to a member who has volunteered to conduct reviews - again, contact Andrew if you wish to volunteer to review work.
Meeting Report for February 2020
Fourteen of us met in February. The main business of the evening was to read and listen to stories on the theme of “Sport”.
Before making a start on these, Andrew outlined the main topics that had been discussed at a recent committee meeting and told the members what had been decided.
In the matter of the annual round robin the new structure was explained (a new complete situation to be written each month using the same main characters, a little like a soap opera) and the members present at Thursday’s meeting were asked to vote on three scenarios, one being A library, another a train station and the third a charity shop. The charity shop was chosen. The members were also asked to suggest possible characters for the enterprise. Andrew will be writing the first episode and will choose the cast from the characters suggested. It was explained how important it is to keep the cast in character. A new volunteer will be called for each month.
The committee had also discussed the topics for the months leading up to the AGM.
March will be open themed. For the April meeting we are all asked to bring an interesting object to write about and perhaps for other people to choose to write about. May is the AGM when, after the business has been completed, we will hear work on an open theme. Shortish pieces this month would be appreciated due to time constraints.
John would like to see all the pieces for the Houghton art society (who will be painting to our poems or stories) in by June. 500-word limit. John suggested that it might be possible to print a calendar of writing and paintings depending on the success of the exercise.
After all the business above had been completed, we still had time to hear stories and poems mainly written on the theme of sport. It would seem our member are not exactly sports fanatics but nevertheless we had some good anecdotes and some really interesting imaginative pieces.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday 5th March at 7.30pm in the Biffa Room at St Marks.