Here are a list of writing groups which meet in the West Midlands region.
If you know of any more, please email olivia[at]writingwestmidlands.org with details, including: Name of group, where they meet, how often they meet, contact name and contact details. If you are looking for our Spark Young Writers’ groups, please click here.
When they meet: Every Wednesday, 7pm- 9.30pm. Free to attend
Where: Bridge Street Ale House, 31 Bridge Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 2RY
Worcester Writers’ Circle
When they meet: Every first and third Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm
Where: Dancox House, St Clement’s Gardens, Worcester
Contact: Jillian King (Secretary) on firstname.lastname@example.org, 01905 424327
Severn Valley Authors Writing Group
When they meet: Every 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month
Where: At each other’s homes in Bewdley, Worcester
Contact: Rob Ronsson on email@example.com, 07966 162399
When they meet: First Thursday and third Monday of each month, starting at 7.30pm
Where: Town and County Club, 12 Henry Street, Rugby, CV21 2QA
Contact: David Stephens at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kings Heath Book Club
When they meet: Second Wednesday or Thursday of the month
Where: Kings Heath, Birmingham (a restaurant, usually Byzantium)
Contact: Taryn Clark at email@example.com, 07778178475
Cannon Poets Writing Group
When they meet: First Sunday of the month 2 – 5pm (except August)
Where: Moseley Exchange, Post Office Building, Alcester Road, Moseley, B13 8JP
Contact: Martin Underwood at firstname.lastname@example.org, 0121 426 6413
When they meet: Twice monthly on Wednesdays (first and third of the month) at 6-8pm
Where: St Martin’s Church, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, B5 5BB
Contact: Simon at email@example.com
When they meet: Weekly on Tuesday mornings from 10 – 12pm
Where: The Coach House Community Arts & Crafts Centre, Old Swinford, West Midlands, DY8 2HA
Contact: Brian Drew on 01384 371397
West Bromwich Writers Group
When they meet: Wednesday evenings. Please contact Suzan at dramansome[at]hotmail.co.uk for more details.
Where: Sandwell College Central Campus, 1 Spon Lane, West Bromwich, B70 6AW
Contact: Suzan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Room in the Roof Writers Group
When they meet: Every Thursday from 7 – 9pm
Where: Leopard Hotel, Burslem
Contact: Elisia Green, email@example.com
Membership is free. For over 18’s only.
The Writers’ Hub
When they meet: Every other Saturday, 10am – 12 noon at The Belgrade and every third Wednesday of the month, 2 – 4pm at the BBC Open Centre, Coventry
Where: Signatures café at The Belgrade Theatre, Coventry (Saturday morning group) and BBC Open Centre, Priory Place, Coventry (Wednesday afternoons group
Sutton Coldfield Artist’s Way Writing Group
Contact: Nikki Murphy, firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Birmingham Writers
When they meet: Fortnightly on Thursdays at 12.30pm.
Where: University of Birmingham. This group is for staff and non-staff members.
Contact: Jessica Holloway Swift, email@example.com
Walsall Writers’ Circle
When they meet: Every 2nd Thursday in the month, 7.30-9.00pm.
Where: Walsall College Hub, Room HS210. Littleton Street West, WALSALL WS2 8ES
Write On! Creative Writing Group
When they meet: Once a month on a Tuesday evening. Sessions are £2 each.
Where: Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, B67 5RJ
Contact: Julie Callcott, firstname.lastname@example.org, 07941 195969
Bardstown Writers’ Group
When they meet: Second Tuesday of each month, 7.30pm
Where: The Wolfson Room, The Shakespeare Centre, Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6QW
Contact: Jennie.email@example.com, 07710 281 832
Coventry Writers’ Group
When they meet: First Tuesday of every month at 8pm.
Where: The Big Comfy Bookshop, Fargo Village, Far Gosford Street, Coventry CV1 5ED
Contact: Margaret Mather (chair) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
When they meet: First Tuesday of the month from 7pm to 9pm, £2 per session
Where: Market Drayton Library, Cheshire Street, Market Drayton, TF9 1PH
Contact: Catherine Westwood, Catherine.email@example.com
Drayton Writers is a small, friendly, constructive group with a variety of creative writing interests. If you have ever thought you had a novel, a story, a poem or a play in you why not come along?
When they meet: fortnightly on Thursdays
Where: Marston’s Sports and Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent
Contact: Gary Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 07791 654 908
£3 per meeting, first meeting is free
When they meet: 1st Monday of every month
Where: The Roebuck Hotel, Derby Street, Leek, North Staffordshire ST13 5AB
Contact: Lorna via email@example.com
Balsall Common Writers
When they meet: 1st Thursdays and 3rd Tuesdays of the month
Where: Balsall Common Village Hall, 122 Station Road, Balsall Common, CV7 7FF and poets in a members’ home on the 3rd Thursday of each month
Contact: Anne Santos at firstname.lastname@example.org
Fun with a Pen
When they meet: 2nd Saturday of every month
Where: At a variety of venues in the Birmingham area, please contact Jan for more details
Contact: Jan Tchamani 07832 234600, email@example.com
Castle Writers Self Help Group
When they meet: Every Thursday between 10am – 12pm.
Where: Dudley Library, St. James’s Road, Dudley
Contact: Gerry, firstname.lastname@example.org
When they meet: Every second Saturday of the month, 11am – 1pm
Where: Blakenhall Community and Healthy Living Centre, Bromley St, Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV2 3AS
Facebook: “Blakenhall Writers Group”
Poetry for the People Lichfield
When they meet: Meeting fortnightly on a Tuesday, 7.30 – 9.30pm
Where: Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
Contact: Phillip Knight, email@example.com
Discuss, write and perform original poetry. All ages and experience welcome.
When they meet: Every 2nd Thursday of each month 7pm – 9pm – £2 per session, £5 annual subs.
Where: Wythall Library, May Lane, Hollywood, Birmingham B47 5PD
Contact: Louise Marks (Secretary) 0121 430 4992 or Helen Meakin (Chairperson) 01564 824517
Bayston Hill Writing Group
When they meet: Every third Monday of the month at 7.00pm. £2 subs per session, with tea and coffee supplied.
Where: The Burgs Room, Memorial Hall, Lyth Hill Road, Bayston Hill Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY3 0EW
Contact: Annemarie Riggs on 01743 872733 / 07974 814931 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The group conducts a structured meeting to support and encourage writers of any type whether you like to write fiction, fact, poetry, lyrics, plays, scripts etc.
Ragleth Writers Group
When they meet: First Wednesday of every month for two hours at 1.15pm
Where: Croft House, Hazler Crescent, Church Stretton
Contact: None currently.
The group reads and critiques work, talks about publishing and marketing, swops information about sales, about competitions and writing stuff in general. Members write fiction and non-fiction (books, magazines and pamphlets), poetry and blogs.
The Creative Writing Group
When they meet: Thursdays 10.30am – 1pm
Where: Carlisle Centre, Victoria Street (just off the New Road), Stourbridge
Contact: Yvette Owen email@example.com
In 2015 the group will be looking at favourite classical work, they will also hold ghost story writing and telling sessions as well as providing the occasional walk to inspire. They are also working with Polly Wright, of the Hearth Theatre and Writing Group, and MIND in a Read and Write for Wellbeing Project.
Wild Writers Wolverhampton
When they meet: Twice a month on Sundays, 12 – 4pm
Where: Wild Bytes Cafe, Darlington Street, Wolverhampton
Contact: Gemma Newey, firstname.lastname@example.org
When they meet: Third Saturday of each month, 10am – 12pm
Where: Wrekin Housing Trust Offices, Colliers Way, Telford, TF3 4AW
Membership Fee: £15 per year, pro rata, or £2 per month. First meeting free.
Where they meet: Woolhope Room of Hereford Library
When they meet: The last Saturday of every month
Contact: Lesley Ingram email@example.com
When they meet: second and fourth Wednesdays of each month except August and on the second Wednesday only in December, 7.30pm
Where they meet: Margaret Wharam Room of Solihull Methodist Church between Station Approach and Blossomfield Road, Solihull
Contact: Cheryl Powell 077414 89643
Burton Monday Writers
When: every Monday 1.15 – 3.30pm excluding Bank Holidays
Where : Burton upon Trent Library
Cost: £2.50 per week
When: Every 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1.00pm
Where: Stoke Library, Kingsway, Stoke, Coventry. CV2 4EA
Contact: June at firstname.lastname@example.org
Writers on the Edge – Much Wenlock Writers
When: Alternate Fridays
Where: each other’s houses
Contact:Jo Jackson: email@example.com or Phil Revell: firstname.lastname@example.org – 01952 882055
Mill Creative Writing Group
When they meet: Once a month
Where: The Mills Arts Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Contact: Meg Harper on email@example.com, 07504 989033
There is a fee to join this group