Test your writing out on real people - join one of these groups and take your writing to the next level!
You have to be brave to go to a creative writing group for the first time because you are going to learn that most of what you write is rubbish, pure nonsense, a tedious waste of ink and tree but if you are serious about writing, this is an invaluable lesson to learn rather than labouring under a yoke of ignorance for years deluding yourself with the lie that you ‘just have to get lucky’.
You need to work at your writing, persist and persevere. Meeting with like minds in focused groups can help you a lot. Most groups are full of writers who are willing to share their work and discuss it in a friendly environment. You’ll get criticism, advice, an audience, a sense of belonging and a chance to discuss all those niggling problems that would bore non-writers to tears. Writing groups are a good first step to producing better work and in the end they become whatever you make of them.
Here is a list of some of the groups that meet in Birmingham:
A friendly, informal and supportive group for anybody interested in writing fiction. New members welcome to drop in.
SUTTON COLDFIELD WRITERS' GROUP
73 Monmouth Drive
Birmingham B73 6JH Contact: Mrs W M Mottram
0121 354 3860
3rd Tuesday in the month 10.00am onwards
Castlecroft residential home
B295HF Contact: Martin on 07840923909 or email@example.com
Every first Tuesday. 7pm
Open, informal group. Join us to write, read and encourage each other. Don't be shy because it's in a care home, it's for everyone!
Birmingham Contact: Louise 0121 430 4992 Meet on the second Thursday of the month. Website www.wythallwriters.com
YARDLEY FEMALE WRITERS' GROUP Hobmoor Community Centre
Attached to Oasis Hobmoor School
250 Wash LaneSouth Yardley
B25 8FD Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Monday 6-7:30pmCreative Writing and spoken word poetry workshops for women of all backgrounds and abilities. Sessions cost £4 and recommence Jan 11th 2016
Electric Banana Website www.electric-banana.co.uk
Electric Banana is a Birmingham-based music website that is run via contributions from students and amateur writers. The website is also run in collaboration with a number of universities in the Midlands - as the website offers young students and writers the rare opportunity to gain freelance journalism experience.