Events Programme

Normally regular meetings take place on the second Thursday of the month, starting at 8.00pm. We usually finish at around 9.30, but sometimes it’s a little later.  However, owing to the Coronavirus Pandemic live meetings have been suspended until further notice.  We are endeavouring to offer members some virtual activities in the interim.


July 9th – Dave Sivers.  Local author of crime novels and CW member Dave will be sharing with members his experience on series characters and story arc.  This is the link to his website:  The meeting will be held via Zoom and the meeting link will be included in the upcoming members’ newsletter.  Also attached to the newsletter will be Dave’s PowerPoint slides for attendees to follow during the Zoom session.


June 11thOur first Manuscript Evening via Zoom!  Some minor technical issues were soon overcome and five members read their work.  As usual the standard was high and other participants provided some constructive feedback to the authors.  Given this success, we hope to run another Virtual Manuscript Evening before too long.


May 14th – Online workshop: Plot and Character – A Symbiotic Mix

Local writer and CW member Sandra Smith provided members with a workshop in the form of a worksheet.  This included guidance notes, writing exercises, examples and explanations with Sandra offering email support for participants.  Sandra’s website can be found at:


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic a number of events have had to be postponed until further notice. We hope to reschedule them all once we are able to resume our normal meetings. 


Meanwhile, for those wondering what we normally get up to, here’s a summary of events held during 2019:


January – Creative Writing Workshop run by the renowned performance poet John Hegley ( ) This session provided an inspiring mix of writing experiences, and featured John’s entertaining and inimitable take on language and life.


March – Workshop with Julie Cohen: ‘Creating Character’.  This was a hands-on, practical, fun workshop on creating a character from scratch. Participants started with a blank piece of paper and by the end of the workshop they had a fully-rounded character, using several techniques on how to best create character.


April – Annual General Meeting & Short Talks  AGM business was conducted as swiftly as possible to make way for some short talks by members of Chiltern Writers on different aspects of writing. This proved both informative and entertaining.


May – Talk by Adrian Poynton: Turning ideas into scripts.  Award winning script writer, Adrian Poynton, talked about becoming a professional script writer and how to turn ideas into scripts.


June – Suna Erdem, a journalist who has written for a number of national publications including The Times, talked about her career to date.


August – Claire Steele – Workshop: ‘Raw Writing’. Author and creative writing tutor, Claire Steele facilitated a fun session to encourage the creative flow and unlock ‘writer’s block’.


September – Jules Wake – Tips for Getting that Novel Written & Published.  This was a Q & A session, with CW member Sherry Hostler asking Jules the questions.


October – Antonia Honeywell – Resilience and Reflection.  Making a return visit to CW, Antonia talked about her writing life since the publication of her novel The Ship.


Dec – Christmas Social


Between the above events we held Manuscript Evenings where members had the option to read out something they’d written and, if they wish, receive constructive criticism from the rest of the group. We usually limit the reading time to a maximum of 5 minutes. The quality and variety of subject matter is always impressive.