Writing Groups

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.

Renegade Writers
http://renegadewriters.wordpress.com/

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

Contact: renewriters@gmail.com

Worcester Writers’ Circle
www.worcesterwriters.org.uk

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 secretary@worcesterwriters.org.uk, 01905 424327

Severn Valley Authors Writing Group
http://severnvalleyauthors.blogspot.co.uk/

When they meet: Every 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of the month

Where: At each other’s homes in Bewdley, Worcester

Contact: Rob Ronsson on robertr@robertronsson.co.uk, 07966 162399

Rugby Writers

www.rugbywriters.co.uk

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 shakystephens@yahoo.com

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 tazclark@hotmail.com, 07778178475

Cannon Poets Writing Group
www.cannonpoets.org.uk

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 martin@cannonpoets.org.uk, 0121 426 6413

Birmingham Writers Group
www.birminghamwriters.org/

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 join@birminghamwriters.org

Coachhouse Writers
www.coachhousewriters.co.uk/

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 dramansome@hotmail.co.uk

Room in the Roof Writers Group
www.facebook.com/groups/101715362222/

When they meet: Every Thursday from 7 – 9pm

Where: Leopard Hotel, Burslem

Contact: Elisia Green, yegods232@yahoo.co.uk
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

Contact: thewritershub@hotmail.co.uk

Sutton Coldfield Artist’s Way Writing Group
http://www.nikkimurphy.com/scwg/

Contact: Nikki Murphy, scwg@nikkimurphy.com

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, j.s.hollowayswift@bham.ac.uk

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

Contact: walsallwriterscircle.wordpress.com

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, julie.creativewriter@blueyonder.co.uk, 07941 195969

Bardstown Writers’ Group
www.bardstownwriters.btck.co.uk

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.dobson@gmail.co.uk, 07710 281 832

Coventry Writers’ Group
www.coventrywritersgroup.org.uk

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: bobmags@hotmail.co.uk

Drayton Writers

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.westwood@shropshire.gov.uk
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?

Runaway Writers

When they meet: fortnightly on Thursdays

Where: Marston’s Sports and Social Club, Shobnall Road, Burton-on-Trent

Contact: Gary Carr at runaway.writers@btinternet.com, or on 07791 654 908
£3 per meeting, first meeting is free

Leek Writers

When they meet: 1st Monday of every month

Where: The Roebuck Hotel, Derby Street, Leek, North Staffordshire ST13 5AB

Contact: Lorna via wallyandlorna@gmail.com

 

Balsall Common Writers
www.balsallcommonwriters.org.uk

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 info@balsallcommonwriters.org.uk

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, burjan@blueyonder.co.uk

Castle Writers Self Help Group
www.castlewritersdudley.co.uk

When they meet: Every Thursday between 10am – 12pm.

Where: Dudley Library, St. James’s Road, Dudley

Contact: Gerry, gumphry@virginmedia.com

Blakenhall Writers

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

Contact: blakenhallwriters@gmail.com 

Facebook: “Blakenhall Writers Group”

Poetry for the People Lichfield
www.facebook.com/poetryforthepeoplelichfield

When they meet: Meeting fortnightly on a Tuesday, 7.30 – 9.30pm

Where: Garrick Theatre, Lichfield

Contact: Phillip Knight, poetry-for-the-people@outlook.com
Discuss, write and perform original poetry. All ages and experience welcome.

Wythall Writers
www.wythallwriters.com

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: anthony.riggs07@btinternet.com

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
www.ragleth-writers.info

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 yveowen1@yahoo.co.uk
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
www.facebook.com/groups/wildwriterswolverhampton/

When they meet: Twice a month on Sundays, 12 – 4pm

Where: Wild Bytes Cafe, Darlington Street, Wolverhampton

Contact: Gemma Newey, stormwriter.freelance@gmail.com

Wrekin Writers
www.wrekinwriters.co.uk

When they meet: Third Saturday of each month, 10am – 12pm

Where: Wrekin Housing Trust Offices, Colliers Way, Telford, TF3 4AW

Contact: wrekinwriters@gmail.com

Membership Fee: £15 per year, pro rata, or £2 per month. First meeting free.

Herefordshire Stanza

Where they meet: Woolhope Room of Hereford Library

When they meet: The last Saturday of every month

Contact: Lesley Ingram  lesley.j.ingram@gmail.com

Solihull Writers
www.solihullwriters.co.uk

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
www.burtonmondaywriters.co.uk

When: every Monday 1.15 – 3.30pm excluding Bank Holidays

Where : Burton upon Trent Library
Contact:
burtonwriters@aol.com

Cost: £2.50 per week

Stoke Scribblers
When: Every 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1.00pm
Where: Stoke Library, Kingsway, Stoke, Coventry. CV2 4EA
Contact: June at stoke.library@coventry.gov.uk
Writers on the Edge – Much Wenlock Writers
http://u3asites.org.uk/much-wenlock/page/27854
When: Alternate Fridays
Where: each other’s houses

 

Contact:Jo Jackson: jojackson589@gmail.com or Phil Revell: pjrevell@btconnect.com – 01952 882055


Further afield:

Mill Creative Writing Group

When they meet: Once a month
Where: The Mills Arts Centre, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Contact: Meg Harper on meg4ever@greenbee.net, 07504 989033
There is a fee to join this group