Dean Writers Circle celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2018.

The Circle was formed in 1978 following a creative writing course held by the Workers Educational Association. The object of the Circle was to provide support, advice and inspiration to the members to improve their writing skills. This remains true today.
Our aspirations are simple: we are here to support and encourage local writers to be the best they can be.


At our meetings, members have the opportunity to read their work in a positive and helpful environment. The work may be inspired by the optional ‘homework’ which is designed to help the creative juices flow, or be the next few pages of your novel or your poem or short story. Meetings are also a time to share information about competitions and celebrate wins!

In addition, we hold regular writing and novel development workshops and organise the occasional open mic event and authors’ festivals.

Visitors to our fortnightly meetings are always welcome.

We survived the pandemic by continuing with all our meetings but on zoom. As things start to return we are now meeting on the first Wednesday of the month in Coleford Library, The Main Place. We start at 7.30 pm. You are very welcome to visit or join. Please arrive a little before the time as the outside doors are locked and we would not even hear you hammering on the doors. One because we are in a separate room and two we will be absorbed in the sharing process.

On the third Wednesday of the month the evening meeting will still be on zoom to accommodate those who cannot attend in person. Once again you are welcome to join but you must contact us to get the joining instructions but the meeting starts at 7.30 pm.

We have a novel writers meeting on the second Wednesday at the same time 7.30 pm. Each novelist sends a couple of chapters to the rest of the group before the meeting and we discuss them in the group. When the author finishes their book we all read the complete manuscript and send our comments.

At the moment this is still on zoom. Please contact us at for joining instructions.

On the fourth Wednesday of the month in the morning we indulge in more writing. From 10-12, we have a writing workshop. A time to write fast and furious to a prompt which we all supply one. If there is time we encourage everyone to read at least one of their snippets. These often go on to become stories and a number of members have won writing competitions from such humble origins.

Once again contact as sometimes we meet in members’ houses/gardens or on zoom to find out what we are doing that day.

The fifth Wednesday is when we let our hair down and meet in different venues and do different things check with us just what is planned,

Novel writers meeting: Wed 11 Jan 7.30 pm Zoom. Please email

General meeting: Wed 15 Jan 7.30 pm Zoom. Please email

Writer’s Workshop: 25 January 10-12. For information re venue please email


General meeting: 1 February 7.30 There might be a change of venue. Please email for details.

Novel Writers: Wednesday 8 February 7.30 by zoom Please email for joining instructions

General meeting: 15 February at 7.30 on zoom. Please email for joining instructions.

Writers Workshop: 22 February 10-12 Please email for information re venue.


The Circle has produced five anthologies over the years, with Forest Leaves Five published in 2018 to celebrate our fortieth anniversary. The anthologies celebrate our members’ work.


A number of our members have won prizes for poetry, prose as well as scriptwriting and playwriting, and several are published authors. You can see their work here. and celebrate recent competition wins, anthology inclusions and other publications here

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Dean Writers Circle is affiliated with Gloucestershire Writers Network (GWN) which keeps local writers in touch with all the local news.

Our members also work with other literary groups in the Forest including Mitcheldean Poetry Festival and

Reading the Forest

There’s stacks of help and information online for writers out there and many sites which offer competitions to help hone skills and perhaps even win a prize here and there. Here are some links which our writers have found useful –