September 2023 – June 2024

Thank you for your interest in the Sevenoaks Bookshop Writers’ Group. The waiting list for 2023-2024 is now closed. If you would be interested in hearing about writing workshops, or in registering early interest for 2024-2025, please do get in touch and we will add you to our mailing list.

We will be running our next Writing Group Sept 2023 to June 2024. The Writing Group is a course in the Bookshop Writers’ Café for a group of up to eight dedicated writers. It will run alternate Wednesdays, in term time, from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

The group will be facilitated by Lisa Meekison, a local writer who has led the Bookshop Writers’ Group for six years.

Each meeting will include a facilitated discussion on topics ranging from character creation to pitching, and the opportunity to focus on your work-in-progress through in-depth critiquing from the group. The course will also include industry talks given by writers, editors, publicists or agents.

The course is £375 and, in addition to the meetings, group members will receive two books on writing practice and a 15% discount on books purchased in the Bookshop through the duration of the course. Upon completion of the course, members will be invited to join our Alumni Group, a thriving community that shares support and special events.


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We have already received more applications than there are places available for this year, if you would like to go on the waiting list please send us an email.

“Being a part of the Sevenoaks Bookshop Writers Group been an incredibly important part of my journey towards becoming a writer. The group is small and friendly and has so many positives. It gave me ‘permission’ to call myself a writer; provided much needed momentum to keep me on track, regularly creating and sharing pieces with the group; and opened my eyes to the many different routes towards being published. With a wide range of topics up for discussion and a series of very credible guest speakers. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my two years with this group and would recommend it to anyone who wants to write.”
– Linden, ex-member of the Writers Group

“Lisa’s well-researched and personalised teaching was exactly the catalyst I needed not only to complete a manuscript that I’d been struggling with for years, but also to start a new novel. The Sevenoaks Bookshop Writers’ Group is a genuinely professional course in both content and teaching. My cohort from 2020 still meet fortnightly and benefit from the wonderful alumni events that Lisa organises. I couldn’t recommend this group more highly.” – Previous group member

“If you are looking for a bit of direction, encouragement, inspiration, guidance you can find all of this at the Writers’ Group. I am so pleased that I joined last year and I only wish it was for two years not one! Under the calm and wise guidance of Lisa we have all grown in confidence and developed enormously as writers. I cannot recommend it enough – it’s a wonderful group!” – Previous group member