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 1st August at the usual time of 7.30 pm in the Biffa Room at St. Mark’s Church, Calder Rise, Bedford.
This week is a free topic week: 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.
September: write a children's story
October: free topic - at the end of the meeting we will throw story dice
November: funny story based on story dice
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.
June 6th Meeting
Our June Meeting was well attended and everyone there had brought a piece to read so we were, as usual, well entertained.
There were excerpts from novels and (unusually) a revised blurb from a novel due to be posted on Amazon. The short stories covered diverse genres. We had a kindly ghost story, a delightful children’s story and an equally lovely story about a group of children. One member had treated us to a comic story which was much appreciated by all. We had a timely war story and a longer piece set in a campsite that was threaded through with an element of mystery only revealed at the end. In addition to these works of fiction we heard a diary type memoir and a short piece of social interaction.
The next meeting will be held on July 4th when the 200-word pieces to complement the photos sent to us from the Shillington Camera Club will be read.
Do come along and join us visitors are always welcome.