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About York Writers

NOTE: due to current concerns about COVID-19, York Writers has suspended its meetings until further  notice.

As a group, our aim is to help writers at all levels - whether you're just beginning to write, or are ready to start submitting your writing for publication, or you already have a track record of published work. Our meetings are designed to help you improve your writing and learn about outlets that might be willing to publish it. If you are considering publishing your work yourself - either on the internet, in print form, or as an e-book - our members have a wealth of expertise that will be able to help you.

Writing can be a lonely occupation and it has its share of disappointments. So we are also a community of writers that aims to encourage and support one another, and to give each other time and space for "works in progress" to be heard.

Finally, we recognise that none of us ever stop learning, no matter how long or how successfully we may have been writing. We aim to provide an atmosphere that encourages writers to develop and improve their craft by offering advice, constructive criticism, and the opportunity to share our work with one another.

Manuscript Evenings

Members, guests and visitors are warmly invited to bring your own writing to our manuscript evenings where we share our short stories, poems, articles, extracts of novels, pieces of biography, anything we've created. Newcomers are welcome to come along and either bring something to read for us, or relax and enjoy others' creative work. The atmosphere is informal; there is no pressure to read your work if you don't want to. 

Workshops and speaker meetings

From time to time we invite "the professionals" to come and give us expert hints and tips about aspects of writing. These may be established authors, creative writing tutors, people in the publishing business, or members of the group who have had particular success in one area of writing. Guests and visitors are warmly invited to join us. It's always worth bringing along a pen and paper - you never know when you might be encouraged to join in with a writing exercise.