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.
Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 7th Nov at the usual time of 7.30 pm in the Biffa Room at St. Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Bedford.
This week the topic is to write a humourous short story or poem based on images from story dice thrown at the end of our last session. The images were: a whale, a hamburger, the sun, a Christmas tree, a hat, paw prints, a car, stars and moon, a cat, and a pair of glasses. The piece should take no more than 10 mins to read and does not need to use all of the images. Alternatively, bring a piece of your own work that will take roughly 10 mins to read out. Or if you just want to sit in and listen, that's fine! Visitors welcome.
December: write a short piece of around 250 words re-imagining a Christmas classic. This will be followed by a reading of our Round Robin 4 story
Some of us are working on novels or long projects and so enjoy the distraction of writing to order for the night, and for those working on shorter writing projects, concentrating on a given title releases the creative imagination. We aim to mentor, motivate, encourage, have fun, and we look forward to seeing you.
Sept 5th meeting
We welcomed a new potential member and hope to see him again.
The Chairman told the meeting about the Monologue evening that had taken place at the Mill Theatre in Sharnbrook the previous Sunday evening. Ticket sales had gone well and we had a really good audience for this collaborative evening that was presented as: “Page to Stage – Writer to Actor.” The Chairman was given a vote of thanks for his hard work in setting up the event.
The Treasurer had come armed with information about a number of restaurants for the group’s Christmas Dinner event as it was felt a new venue might be a good idea. Booking are now being taken and a deposit of £5 per person is required to get your name on the list.
Down to the writing. Children’s stories were the order of the day and we had a good selection from gentle, through mystical to downright gruesome humour. Brilliant.
Next meeting will be Thursday October 3rd at the usual time and place. No theme next month so dust off the work in progress or finished pieces and bring them along for another evening with others who like to spin a tale or two.