Words Out West re-launch

Long-running writing group Words Out West is re-launching, refreshing, re-branding and generally rejuvenating itself. And – as ever – they’re open to new members, so if you’re looking for a writing group in the Cockermouth area, this might be for you.

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Young writers at Theatre by the Lake

Theatre by the Lake’s Young Writers Group started its autumn term last week, but there are still a few places left and it’s not too late to sign up. The group – run jointly by Stefan Escreet and Annie McCourt – meets on Tuesday nights until 11 December, with a break for October half-term.

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Calling all writers’ groups

We often receive enquiries about writing groups in Cumbria, and it’s about time our list was updated. Take a look at it as it stands and let us know if there are any changes, especially if you’re a member of a new group that we don’t know about, or a former member of a group that’s no longer meeting.

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New face at Maryport Writers

Much-published fiction writer Mike Smith, aka Brindley Hallam Dennis, will be leading Maryport Writers Group from Friday 9 September onwards.

The group meets at the Senhouse Roman Museum from 10.30am – 1.30pm, and the cost is £3.00 per session. New members are welcome.

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The (at least) 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s famous 10 rules have just been published in book form (with brilliantly sinuous, hard-boiled drawings by Joseph Ciardiello) in the UK, but you can read them for nowt here on The Guardian’s website, along with more 10 rulers from Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, PD James, AL Kennedy and many others …


To be or not to be is not the question. The question is  how do I get published? At least that’s the one we get asked most at New Writing Cumbria. We’ve put together a factsheet of suggestions -  not a guaranteed route to that particular pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but a […]


Struggling with your characters or your plot?  Wanting to hone your prose to attract an agent or a publisher? Then consider getting a mentor to act as editor and guide and lick your fiction into shape. Download a list of fiction critique services here: Fiction Critique Services If a writing group is more your style, then […]


If you’d like to share your poetry and fiction with other people, hear others’ work and find constructive criticism and instruction in a supportive atmosphere then a writing group is just the thing for you. There are 26 writers groups across Cumbria, so there’s bound to be one near you – download our list of groups […]