Virtual Writers’ Group

Mar 28, 2023

Event Overview

Date & Time: Apr 27, May 4 & May 11 (18:00–20:00 BST)

Format: Online event 

Summary: A nurturing, supportive environment for writers to discuss their work-in-progress short fiction.

Event Description

Join The Selkie’s FREE writers’ group to discuss your work-in-progress short fiction in a nurturing, supportive environment. Led by an experienced facilitator, each session will focus on up to three short stories submitted by the members of the group, encouraging writers to give feedback on what they liked and to offer suggestions for improvement.

The event is aimed at writers aged 18+ from underrepresented backgrounds (POC, women, non-binary, LGBTQIA+, those with physical or mental health concerns, etc.) and aims to help writers build confidence in giving and receiving constructive feedback, and receive practical advice and support in pursuing their writing. The event is suitable for beginners and those writers who need a safe space and a nudge, as well as experienced writers who are looking to expand their writing community.

Our events are open internationally. Tickets are free but places are limited, so make sure to secure your spot before they run out!

Session Dates

Session 1: April 27, 18:00–20:00 BST

Session 2: May 4, 18:00–20:00 BST

Session 3: May 11, 18:00–20:00 BST

Please only register if you are able to attend all three sessions. It is essential for the success of the event that all participants attend all three sessions, regardless of when their submission is critiqued.

Please note that all participants will be expected to read other attendees’ submissions and provide feedback. After registering for the event, participants will receive an email with submission guidelines and advice on giving/receiving constructive feedback.

Submission Guidelines

Participants will be required to submit their work one week prior to the first event (Apr 27) at the latest. Participants should submit a short story in any genre between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. Submissions should be formatted according to standard manuscript format (12 pt TNR or Arial, double-spaced lines, 1” margins, 0.5” first-line indent). We will be using Google Docs for submissions and providing feedback.

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