How does the group work?

We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month, in Mrs. Howard Hall, from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. The cost is just £3 for LALG  members or first-time visitors, and £5 if you're not a member.

At each meeting we chat about writing, and have an exercise for ten minutes or so, usually a freestyle piece around a given subject. We can then share our work and discuss it. The 2nd half of the meeting usually involves a more in-depth look and constructive critique of the writing the group has submitted that month, according to our writing timetable. Work is submitted one week before the meeting so group members can each piece and jot down comments. Sharing your writing is always optional.

Check out our LALG webpage and Facebook pages for more information.


I’ve never really written for other people, is the group right for me?

Yes. There is no pressure to share your work, until and unless you want to, and you can learn a lot just by listening (and contributing) to discussions around other people’s work. Come along for a meeting and give us a try.


I only want to write for fun, is this ok?

Yes. Allowing time to write is the important thing and the group hopes to help with that by providing some structure and inspiration. Group members are what make the group work, and we need every style of writer – from poets to non-fiction, playwrights to novelists.


I want to enter writing competitions – can the group help with that?

Check out our Facebook page for an updated monthly list of competitions and calls for submissions


Do you recommend courses?

Writing is a craft, and learning more about how to write can be very helpful. Check out our Resources on our LALG webpage for a list of online and face-to-face courses. Local writing workshops are also advertised at meetings.


The inspiration is there, but I need help with grammar and spelling

Grammar and spelling are aspects of the craft of writing. Other aspects include tenses, point of view, creating believable characters, plot, pace, and structure. There are many online resources that help with these aspects, some of which we have collected into our Resources Table on our LALG webpage. And we endeavour to discuss these at our meetings as well.


I want to write, but can’t think of anything

There are lots of exercises to overcome writer’s block on our webpage and our Facebook page. It’s something that we all experience from time to time, and many group members have their own tips and tricks for overcoming writer’s block.
Come along to a meeting and get some ideas!

I have more questions
Contact us and ask away. We will try to supply answers!