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.
HOW DEAN WRITERS CIRCLE WORKS
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 to celebrate wins!
In addition, we hold regular writing and novel development workshops, organise the occasional open mic event and authors’ festivals.
Visitors to our fortnightly meetings are always welcome. We meet every two weeks at 7.30 pm: at Lydney Library on the first Wednesday of the month and at the Fountain Inn in Parkend on the third Wednesday, excepting August and Christmas-New Year.
Like everyone else, we are currently meeting by Zoom, but we ARE meeting, and we have welcomed new members this past year.
Just turn up or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership £15 pa/£2 per meeting for non-members.
FOREST LEAVES ANTHOLOGIES
The Circle has produced five anthologies over the years, with Forest Leaves Five published last year to celebrate our fortieth anniversary. The anthologies celebrate our members’ work. http://deanwriterscircle.com/anthologies-2/
A number of our members have won prizes for poetry, prose as well as scriptwriting and playwriting, and several are published. You can see their work here. http://deanwriterscircle.com/dwc-writers/ and celebrate recent competition wins, anthology inclusions and other publication here http://deanwriterscircle.com/dean-writers-circle-competition-winners-2020/
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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
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 –