Writing from Life

Writing from Life groups are:

  • Friendly and supportive rather than competitive
  • We’ve always written on the spot, with nothing to prepare beforehand but, during lockdown people valued having time to write at home, on a topic I suggested or one of their choice. We’ll do a mix of ‘write on the spot’ and ‘write beforehand and read it to us’ at the meetings when we restart this autumn.
  • We aim above all to enjoy our writing and time together and there is always plenty of laughter
  • People 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. The spring term starts on 13 January with 10 sessions ending on 24 March. The price for the term is £100 but on 13 January I am offering a free trial session for anyone who hasn’t been before   Do email Chris if you are interested in  Writing from Life

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 once a month. 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.

We are, once again, full - but if you are interested, do  email Chris  with details of the kind of book you are writing or wanting to write. As two of the group have moved away from the area but want to continue with us we are running this as a hybrid meeting  some face to face and some meet with us via video call.

Summer writing days run during the school holidays in my mid-Surrey garden. That’s  in normal years but I didn’t run them in 2021 or 2020 because of Covid. More details on ‘Writing Days’ page, though I won’t be arranging days for summer 2022 for some time yet.


Chris Leonard Writing