Writing from Life

Writing from Life groups are:

  • Friendly and supportive rather than competitive
  • We write on the spot so there is no homework but lots of laughter
  • We aim to enjoy our writing and time together
  • To grow in confidence through practice, through listening to and appreciating others’ writing and, in turn, through reading our own work out loud

The Thursday evening group meets at my house in mid-Surrey, 7.45--9.45pm, during the autumn and spring terms only in normal times but, during this period of social distancing, we are meeting remotely via Zoom, which is proving enjoyable and very worthwhile, both for the social contact and the incentive to write.
If you are interested in  Writing from Life, do email Chris

Write On

I also lead a Write On group for a limited number of people engaged in ongoing writing projects such as novels.
Each person emails to everyone else an extract of not more than 1500 words from their work in progress a week before we meet,  which is on a week-night evening about every six weeks. Then we all critique, inform, comment, spur on, add ideas - or whatever will help these writers who are in it for the difficult long-haul.

Write On is full, currently but, if you are interested,  email Chris  with details of the kind of book you are writing or wanting to write and she will open a waiting list. Again, we are meeting remotely while social distancing via Zoom.

Summer writing days run during August normally but, what with the different problems involved in running a whole day over Zoom and the uncertainties of our English summers not allowing us to be certain of using the garden, I have decided not to run these days in 2020. Instead I am carrying on with Writing from Life by Thursday evening Zoom at least through August.


And here is news of a one-off Creative Writing Day near Inverness

Cancelled because of social distancing restrictions. Hope to reschedule some time in 2021

Creative Writing Workshop day with Chris Leonard

Explore creativity and more of God, using words! (Anyone can do this!)

Worship leaders, Lorna & Brian Skinner are hosting a creative writing day

with special guest and experienced workshop leader, Chris Leonard.

9.30am - 4.00pm, Saturday, 18th April 2020. (Doors open 9.00 am.)

For you, (or anyone) to be inspired by: Music, pictures, creation, God and one another.

Enabling you to go further, mainly through the words that you write and share.

Venue: Kings Fellowship, Smithton Industrial Estate, Culloden, Inverness, IV2 7WL.
Please bring your own lunch. Tea and Coffee available.

Cost: £12 via this link to Eventbrite:


Chris Leonard Writing