November is National Novel Writing Month, also known as NaNoWriMo. The traditional goal, if you sign up, is to complete the first draft of a novel (50,000 words) in thirty days.
During the month, you’re invited to join Belfast Writers’ Group for weekly meetings to get your word count up.
Want to spend the month writing without trying for the challenge? By all means, still join us.
Only able to join us for one or two meetings, not the whole lot? That’s fine! We are a zero-pressure group.
You’ll just need something to write with (pen/paper/laptop) and a £1 donation towards room hire. Tea and coffee will be provided. Free parking and WiFi available.
Dates of Our November Meetings:
Venue: Cregagh Youth & Community Centre (opposite Kingspan Ulster Rugby Stadium).
After having to cancel the workshop we planned to offer in June, and our regular meeting in July, things are all set to be up and running again soon. Our next meeting is Thursday, 2nd August, 7.30-9.30pm.
Full details here.
In June meeting is on Thursday 7th, 7.30-9.30pm at Cregagh Youth & Community Centre. Free Wifi and parking is available. We ask for a £1 donation towards room hire and refreshments – tea and or coffee provided.
Also in June is our second workshop. It’s going to be Social Media for Authors and Poets lead by Ellie Rose McKee and will be held on Tuesday 19th, 7-9pm in the Robinson Room at the International Youth Hostel, Belfast (attendees to meet in the hostel cafe).
There are a maximum of fifteen places available for a fee of £4 each – food and/or drink to be purchased separately on the day. Booking can be made via our Facebook Group. If you’re already a member, click here for full details including a payment link. And if not, click here to join.
Not on Facebook at all but still want to book in for the workshop? Send us a message.
*UPDATE: All places for April’s workshop are now booked!*
April has come around really fast, after Spring seemingly taking an age to arrive. Now that it’s here, we can reveal one piece of news that we teased in our previous blog post, and that is: we’re going to be hosting a series of semi-regular workshops alongside our regular meetings.
Here’s the plan –
Once a month, on the first Thursday of the month, we’re going to have our general get together for tea, feedback, and writing prompts.
Then, in the middle of the month, we will have either a social or a workshop, alternating turns i.e. a workshop this month, then a social next month, a workshop the month after that, and so on.
Our main April meeting is on Thursday (the 5th) from 7.30-9.30pm at our regular venue, Cregagh Youth and Community Centre, and our April Workshop is Tuesday the 17th, 7-9pm in a meeting room at the International Youth Hostel in Belfast. Full details, including a booking link, is available via our Facebook Group here.
We’d love to see you there!
*UPDATE: The BWG March Meeting has been moved from the 1st to the 15th!*
The Belfast Writers’ Group committee met together in the past week for our Anual General Meeting (AGM) and, as such, we have lots of exciting things planned for the rest of 2018. I can’t tell you about them yet, but watch this space.
Our March meeting is on Thursday,
the 1st of the month. You can find the Facebook event here.
I know it’s a little short notice, but details of our January meeting have been confirmed for Thursday. See the Facebook event here for more info or to RSVP.
Just a quick note to say, tonight’s meeting has been cancelled due to a family bereavement of one of the organisers. Sorry for the short notice. I hope it doesn’t cause anyone too much inconvenience.
Details of our meetings for the new year to follow.
National Novel Writing Month is now over for another year, and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came along to group to write with us during November.
Hopefully we’ll see you at our December meeting!
Last night we had a really nice meeting – the first of our weekly write ins for NaNoWriMo. Upcoming meetings for the rest of the year are listed below. They will all be held at Cregagh Youth & Community Centre, Belfast between 7.30 and 9.30pm. I hope you can join us.
- NaNo Week 2 Write In: Thursday 9th
- NaNo Week 3 Write In: Thursday 16th
- NaNo Week 4 Write In: Thursday 23rd
- NaNo Week 5 Write In: Thursday 30th
- December Meeting: Thursday 7th
Before I say anything else, I would like to thank everyone who came along to our recent book launch. It was a great night for all involved, and all the better for those who shared it with us.
The anthologies are now available to buy in paperback and in ePub formats from Lulu, and will hopefully be on sale on Amazon soon.
In the meantime, November has started so we’re officially into National Novel Writing Month. Instead of our standard monthly meeting, Belfast Writers’ Group are meeting together weekly, with the first ‘write in’ happening tomorrow – Thursday 2nd, 7.30 to 9.30pm at Cregagh Youth and Community Centre.
I’ll post Facebook events for weeks 2 – 5 here in a few days.
Happy writing, and good luck to everyone who’s attempting to draft a novel this month!