Holmeside Writers is a busy and supportive creative writing group based in Sunderland, which I founded in February 2014.
New members are always welcome. We have novelists and short story writers, poets, screenwriters and filmmakers and people who aren't yet sure, but just enjoy writing. So whether you're an experienced writer, or brand new and want to give it a try, you'll find a supportive and encouraging community of writers with us.
We run two sessions a month. The first Wednesday of the month is our main session. If we have any external speakers, it's at that one. We explore themes, do writing exercises, and approach it in a reasonably structured way - and also build in time for feedback on work. The third Weds of the month we call Second Draft, and it's totally unstructured and freeform. We sit around and write, chat about writing, and we eat cake. All sessions are in Holmeside Coffee in Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, 6pm-9pm.
We do lots of interesting things: we’ve run sessions in which we’ve developed radio drama and short plays; we've had guest workshops from an award-winning US writer/actor/director and a local performance poet; and we ran an experimental workshop at the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art with an international recognised artist. We're currently in the process of producing our own zine, with a funding grant from the kind people at The Cultural Spring.
Our members do lots of interesting things outside the group too: some have achieved their first ever publications, won places on an Arts Council funded mentoring scheme, delivered major funded writing projects, made films of stories workshopped within the group, sold film scripts, won international awards for radio drama, and much more.