Library Writing Groups

About the Writers Groups

A library it is at the heart of the community. Associate libraries require donations and volunteers to continue to run. Libraries host events and community groups who pay for the privilege of using the venue. I lead two community groups:

Stannington Library Writers’ Group meets the first Saturday of each month from 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Ecclesfield Library Writers’ Group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.

Both groups are open and informal. We welcome writers of all genres and abilities. New members are always welcome.

Their purpose is to provide somewhere that writers can discuss ideas, write, give and receive peer critique and provide support for each other. The current members of the group are largely unpublished, but some will hopefully become successful authors. Some of the members do not wish to be published simply wishing to improve their skills for their own benefit.

Writing is normally a solitary occupation. A writers’ group provides more than an occasion for socialising, though we do stop for refreshments and a chat. It is an opportunity for writers to discuss their ideas with others interested in the craft of writing. These discussions can often help to determine if the idea is strong enough for the intended purpose.

The writer can also discuss particular issues they may have with an idea in progress or achieving a particular technique for example, how does one achieve a feeling of suspense. Or he/she can offer and receive peer critique with the intention of improving their skills and those of others in the group.

Also, we can offer each other motivation and support to keep writing during difficult patches.

One of the aims of the group’s charter is to self-publish an anthology every year, containing a piece of work from every member willing to contribute. Any proceeds from the sale of this anthology are to go towards to library where the group meets.

Typically, the meeting opens with a writing exercise. As well as providing an ice-breaker, this means that every member should leave having written something. Sometimes the exercises form the germ of an idea to take forward after the group has finished. Often the exercises cover particular elements of writing technique or different genres to give writers a taste of something outside of their normal genre.

We have an email address to keep in touch between meetings. Members can use the emailing group to distribute their work for critique in advance of the meeting or the group administrator can distribute it, anonymously if required,to allow for a more comprehensive critique of the work than the time available in the actual meeting permits.

If you are interested in becoming a member please feel free to just turn up on the night. There is no joining fee or standard to meet. We charge £3 per session and this includes a drink and a biscuit, all proceeds go to the library funds.

We do require some basic information upon joining:

  • name
  • Your email address
  • Your telephone number

We also request that you allow your photo to be taken on occasion and used for publicity purposes to advertise the group and the library’s services. This is not a requirement to join the group though.

If there is something specific you need to ask please email the relevant group and I will get back to you as soon as I can, or you can contact the relevant library and if they cannot help they will take a message for me. or