Writing by Reading Writers: My Special Relationship With America

It’s been an interesting start to the New Year for us, and we promise a full update on our shenanigans soon. But for now, allow us to present some writing from one of… Continue reading

Tales from Our Town: Tales Told in Public

Last week was momentous for Reading Writers. After nearly a year’s work, we were ready to reveal the fruits of our labour: a slim but solid volume of new writing.

October Is The Busiest Month

Let’s be plain here. We’re cramming a LOT into the next couple of weeks. To begin with, let’s talk about our Chair, Claire Dyer. An acclaimed poet and author, she’s had a busy… Continue reading

Tales From Our Town

It’s been a long and busy summer, but autumn is about to bear fruit. 

Reading Gaol: Oscar Wilde on Trial

It’s strange to think that one of Reading’s most famous landmarks is also one that was home to so much misery.

End Of Term

We tend to take a bit of a break over the summer, giving everyone a chance to recharge and reset before a busy autumn. But there was a lot of fun to be… Continue reading

Notes On “Brooklyn”

We’re on summer break here at RW, but that doesn’t stop us writing… or reading! So a bunch of us gathered at Caversham’s Alto Lounge earlier this week for the group’s annual Book… Continue reading

Getting Ready For Summer

Things don’t get any quieter here at Reading Writers. Guest speakers galore have entertained and inspired us, while our own writing ticks along very nicely, thank you. Over the past month we’ve had… Continue reading

Applause, Applause.

Although the whole point of Reading Writers is to get together and have a bit of fun with our favourite all-consuming passion, it’s also nice when we have a little success with it.… Continue reading


I’m handing over this week’s blog to our esteemed chair, Claire Dyer, who posts to us from the wilds of the Forest Of Dean…   For the past few days I’ve been somewhere… Continue reading

We Are News

We’re well into the swing of Spring here at Reading Writers, but I can pause just long enough from the creation of my latest magnum opus to share a few items of newsiness… Continue reading

Free Writing

Another busy meeting at Reading Writers this week, which featured a fun exercise in opening up the old creative pathways. 

And The Award Goes To…

The first full meeting for Reading Writers in 2016 was a jam-packed affair, filled with plaudits, applause and a little bit of sad news.

Reading Writers’ Blog

The SOUS Mysterious Writer I’m writing this blog as I shelter on the island of my bed, hoping that the spider of unusual size (SOUS) in my flat won’t climb up to join… Continue reading

Reading Writers Support ABC to Read

Reading Writers are proud to support Berkshire charity ABC to Read, which helps support children in school across Berkshire with literacy. Here’s our Chair, Judy Hodgetts (who volunteers with the charity), with Vice… Continue reading

Who are Reading Writers?

We are a small and varied group of people of all ages who are united in our love for words. We encompass performance poets and stand-up comedians as well as writers of autobiography,… Continue reading

Where do we meet?

We meet on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month in a meeting room at RISC (Reading International Solidarity Centre) in London Street, Reading. The formal meeting starts at 7.15 pm with the… Continue reading

How do I join?

Please send an email to info@readingwriters.co.uk for more information. At present Reading Writers has a waiting list for membership and so far this year we have received more interest than we can cope… Continue reading

Critique Guide

Critique Guide – Click here to download (pdf format) Or read it here: Reading Writers’ Group Critique Guide Sheet for Fiction This is a list of suggested headings to organise your critique, and questions… Continue reading

Style Guide

Style Guide – Click  here to download (in MS Word) Or read it here: Reading Writers’ Style Guide Information for the Reader (i) Work should contain a title (even a work in progress title… Continue reading