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:
BIRMINGHAM WRITERS' GROUP
Meets the first and third Wednesday evening of each month, 6pm-8pm at the Library of Birmingham Website: www.birminghamwriters.org
CANON HILL WRITERS' GROUP
Hall Green Library Contact: Pauline Morgan
0121 777 2777
Every Thursday 8.00pm 10.00pm
Disabled access and bar
Membership fee and concessions
99-101 Sutton House
Birmingham B23 5XA Contact: Prof. Kopan Mahadeva
0121 382 0109
Last Sunday in the month 2.00pm - 6.00pm
ERDINGTON LIBRARY WRITERS' GROUP
Birmingham B24 9HP Contact: Osborne Centre Tel: 0121 382 6238
1st Wednesday in the month 1.30pm - 3.00 pm
POW-WOW Prince of Wales, 118 Alcester Road
Moseley B13 8EE Meet: Every Tuesday 8-10pm Contact: Katharine D'Souza
Birmingham Contact: Louise 0121 430 4992 Meet on the second Thursday of the month. Website www.wythallwriters.com
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.