We meet every Thursday at 7.30pm to give feedback on each others’ work, but there is no obligation to come every week and some people only come occasionally. There is also no obligation to read out – members are welcome to come just to listen and give feedback.
Normally the venue rotates among members’ houses on a voluntary basis. (There is no requirement to be a host.) At the moment, we are meeting via Zoom due to the Covid restrictions and we’re finding this works surprisingly well.
We start each meeting with an exchange of writing news while we enjoy tea and biscuits. Everyone who has brought material along is then invited in turn to read to the group for about 10 minutes. This is generally sufficient to give a flavour and to find problems. After each piece the other members are invited in turn to give friendly, constructive criticism. To make the best use of everyone’s time, the reader is encouraged not to comment until all the criticism has been given. In this way we can generally read between 4-6 scripts per evening. If there is time left over when we have finished all the readings, we discuss more general writing issues.