In 1943, and at the height of World War II, a small group of dedicated writers, amateur and professional, joined together and established Norwich Writers’ Circle.
The aim of the founders was “to encourage the art and craft of writing and promote good fellowship amongst Norfolk and Norwich writers generally”.
Our founders’ aim remains unchanged, and it is with that spirit that our Circle continues to flourish today.
We hold a yearly programme of meetings from September through to the Summer, meeting every first and third Tuesday at The Assembly House, right in the heart of the city. Our programme features a wide variety of visiting writers, many of whom set our in-house competitions, following a talk or workshop. We also regularly hold manuscript evenings, giving Circle members and visitors the opportunity to read aloud their work and hear feedback from our welcoming group. The Circle also holds popular socials at Christmas, and during the Summer.
Norwich Writers’ Circle also holds an Annual Open Poetry Competition, which this year will be adjudicated by Martin Figura.
Past visiting writers to Norwich Writers’ Circle have included P D James, Ruth Rendall, Rose Tremain, John Timpson and Malcolm Bradbury. As part of our current programme, we have recently welcomed visiting writers including Neil Storey, Lucy McCarraher and Glenn Chandler.
Our recent successes have included members’ short stories, non-fiction and poetry being published, both locally and nationally.