Eltham Writers Group

Following the success of Writing Matters which was held in February 2017 the Eltham Writers Group launched in October 2017.

The group meets the second Monday of every month between 7pm and 9pm in the GPO Pub on Passey Place, Eltham, (the small room on the left as you go in).

The dates of the meetings for 2018 are:

8th January

12th February

12th March

9th April

14th May

11th June

9th July

13th August

10th September

8th October

12th November

10th December

New Members are always welcome.

Meetings are free.

The purpose of the group is to support fellow writers, provide feedback, and allow writers to develop and grow their craft.

We aim to listen and discuss between three and four pieces of writing at each meeting. Pieces of writing or story extracts should last for no more than 10 minutes (about 1500 words). Each reading is followed by a detailed critical discussion.

The Eltham Writing Group is run by Wendy Moore, Joanna Sterling and David Roberts who will facilitate the group discussion on a rotational basis. To help us run the group smoothly we have drawn up some basic ‘Ground Rules’.

A full set of ‘Ground Rules’

For more information please contact volunteer@elthamread.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of the meetings.  Happy Writing!

Writing Competitions:

A site that regularly keeps up to date with competitions around the world is Christopher Fielden

Book & Novel Competitions


Short Story competitions


Flash Fiction Competitions


Poetry competitions


Another good source is ShortStops who are, to quote their website,  ‘GETTING EXCITED ABOUT SHORT STORIES IN THE UK & IRELAND – IN PRINT, ONLINE & LIVE!!


Writing Courses:

London South East College (LSEC) ran a number of free courses earlier in the year at the Eltham Centre and are planning on running further courses later in the year.  When we have more details we will let you know.  Watch this space.

CityLity 1-10 Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London,WC2B 4BA.

Enrolments: 020 7831 7831

The CityLit have a wide range of writing courses covering poetry, children’s writing, journalism and much more.  Further details can be found at their website http://www.citylit.ac.uk/courses/history-culture-and-writing/writing

Morley College 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

Tel: 020 7450 1889

Morley College also have a number of writing courses

Starting Creative Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4545-starting-creative-writing

Intermediate Creative Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4559-intermediate-creative-writing

Advanced Creative Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4546-advanced-creative-writing

Beginners Poetry Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4547-beginners-poetry-writing

Developing Your Poetry Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4548-developing-your-poetry-writing

Advanced Poetry Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4549-advanced-poetry-writing

Advanced Memoir Writing https://www.morleycollege.ac.uk/courses/4556-advanced-memoir-writing

Writing Advice

There are hundreds, probably thousands of books, websites, blogs and articles offering writers advice. It can be overwhelming to make sense of it all. This is by no way a definitive list but here are some books, articles, websites etc. we have come across which we think are worth a look at. If you know of others please let us know.

General Advice

So you want to be a writer? Essential tips for the aspiring novelist. How to write a killer opening line. Why Google is not research. When to rip it up and start again. Whatever you do, just write! Lessons from acclaimed novelist and creative writing professor Colum McCann (Guardian May 2017)


Top tips for young writers – from past winners of the young writer award (Guardian November 2015)


Short Stories

Write Short Stories and Get Them Published by Zoe Fairbairns

Flash Fiction

David Gaffney 2015 Bridport judge ‘Vital Signs’


Future Tense:

Thanks to everyone who attended our talk on the 7th February. We were especially pleased with the large number of attendees - deep down we knew there was a lot of creativity in Eltham and environs.

In the near future we will be setting up at least one writing group. More details will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, anyone with any suggestions for this should email volunteer@elthamread.co.uk or visit our Elthamread Facebook page or visit Eltham Library in the Eltham Centre.


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