Thanet Writers’ Groups
Thanet Writers host or support various groups and events throughout Thanet to give any and all writers an opportunity to share their work and gain critique. The groups are frequented by both hobbyists and professionals, authors and novelists of all genres, written and performance poets, journalists and bloggers, writers of short and long-form fiction, and non-fiction writers.
Every Thursday from 7:30pm, Thanet Writers host a gathering in the Chapel Ale and Cider House, Broadstairs. This group has been meeting since 2015, and is the writers’ group from which Thanet Writers grew. The format is relatively simple: any writers who would like to receive feedback or critique on their work bring at least five copies of an extract, double line-spaced and no more than 1,500 words, which the group read individually and then discuss.
The building was originally a chapel, as its name suggests, but between then and its current incarnation it was a bookshop. As a result, the building is still lined with shelves of books, creating a suitable setting for a writers’ group. The pub serves a fine and varied selection of craft and brewery beers and ales, along with local ciders, wines, coffee, and various other interesting beverages.
The group meet upstairs in the room off to the side, but the bar staff will direct you. The group welcomes all writers, whether new or experienced, and is focused on improving writing. If you would like to attend this group then you just need to come along.
Throughout 2020, Thanet Writers will also be directly supporting and endorsing the following three groups:
On the second Sunday of every month, Gary Studley hosts a writing and poetry workshop group at Cliffs in Margate from 2pm. Known for hosting creative gatherings and performances, Gary is an established poet and writer with a wealth of experience. Each session will include prompts, writing exercises, short discussions around the subject of the day, voluntary sharing of material, and voluntary peer feedback. The group will write during every session.
Cliffs is a hub of local culture and features extensive space and a welcoming atmosphere, along with damn good coffee. Dead Hoarse Writers will gather upstairs in the seating area. If you are interested in this group, you are more than welcome to attend at your leisure.
Every Wednesday from 2pm, Julie E Pratt hosts a journaling group at the Margate Coffee Shed. A world-renowned expert on journaling, Julie has extensive experience hosting groups and wellbeing workshops. Each meeting features a selection of prompts to allow attendees to create, doodling to produce words rather than images.
The Margate Coffee Shed is a relaxed and inviting space that serves a variety of drinks and snacks. If you like the sound of Julie’s Journaling, feel free to attend any session and join in.
On the first Saturday of every month, Craig Brown hosts a writers’ support group in the Snug at Townley’s, Ramsgate from 3pm. With a wealth of cross-industry experience, Craig is a naturally supportive and empathetic group facilitator. The group will provide a safe space for writers to discuss their process, gain support from their peers, and work through problems and issues that may arise as well as helping to improve confidence.
Townley’s is a pleasant and welcoming venue with an inviting atmosphere, and the Snug offers privacy and comfort. Writers’ Gremlins will meet in the Mayor’s Chamber and take place in the Snug. If would like to attend this group you can simply drop in.
All Thanet Writers endorsed groups are free to attend, and you do not have to bring any writing with you. The groups are designed to be a nurturing and supporting place to help writers grow and shape their craft. Everyone is friendly and welcoming, so by all means drop in for a chat.
There are many other groups which also meet regularly in the Thanet area, a full and up to date list of which can be found here. If you have any questions then feel free to get in touch via Facebook or Twitter with a direct message, send an email, or ask in the comments below.
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