Since October 2015 London has a new genera writers group entitled "Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Group". It has actually been meeting for a number of years but recently moved to a new online home where it seems to be going fron strength to strength and now has close to 100 members.
Next meeting: Tuesday March 15th 2016
Location: Horse & Groom
7 Groom Place, Belgravia, SW1X 7BA, London
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Spectrum: The London Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer's Group is a group of active writers in the Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and other speculative fiction realms, who get together to critique each other's work, share knowledge, and generally encourage one another. Members are serious about their writing, open to honest criticism, and willing to offer critical insight to their fellow writers.
Who this group is for: writers of speculative fiction working on short story, novel and similar formats. We have the occasional screen writer, but note this group primarily focuses on the published format.
Who should attend: both aspiring and published authors are welcome. It is a great arena to workshop your story, find out what is working, what might not be, and to gain insight from members with a wide range of perspectives and backgrounds.
How often we meet: right now we meet monthly, on a Tuesday evening. This will likely shift to fortnightly (i.e. every second week) as more members join.
What is expected of you: every meeting will have a work submitted by one or two members. The submission is usually a chapter from their novel or a short story. Members are expected to read the submission before attending, with an eye toward providing constructive feedback to the author. Each member will be given approximately 5 minutes to provide feedback, and can also provide the author with more detailed written comments as well.
What you can expect: to get motivated and inspired, to improve your craft, to build confidence in your own work, to network with others, to learn about the publishing industry, and to have fun doing it!