Events Programme

Until the Covid situation eases the Group is sharing writing by email once a fortnight. Face to face meetings will be resumed as soon as the situation allows.


18th Theme ‘Snow’ – face-to-face meeting replaced by a mixed media session

1st Adjudication of the Poetry Competition by Paul Mills

15th A ‘Write on the Night’ evening led by Peter Page.

1st Theme – ‘Community’ – this is the theme for the Swanwick Writers’ Summer School short story, poetry and children’s writing competitions for 2022.
Closing date for the Short Story competition – 1,200 to 1,700 words, any subject

15th Theme – ‘Time to Rhyme’, including some tips on song writing from Christine Summers
A choice of postcards to inspire writing for 29th March will be available.

29th Theme – Writing inspired by a postcard

12th Adjudication of the Short Storycompetition by Andy Croft

26th Members’ Manuscripts and book sale
Display of six objects provided by the committee to inspire writing for 24th May.

10th Talk – Maggie Cobbett on writing ‘Fillers’POSTPONED

24th Theme – A piece incorporating all the objects displayed on 26th April
Closing date for the Janet Barclay Memorial Trophy competition for a piece of humorous writing in any genre.


7th Theme – ‘Fairy Story/Dreams’ NB There is a one-off change of venue for this meeting, which will be held at the Workhouse Museum at 7.30 pm. There will also be an opportunity for those attending to view the exhibition prepared by museum volunteer and Group member Solvig Choi. TRANSFERRED BACK TO THE USUAL VENUE DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL

21st Theme – Maggie Cobbett’s postponed talk on writing ‘fillers’.

5th Adjudication of the Janet Barclay Memorial Trophy competition by (TBA)

An outing may be arranged during the month if the situation allows.

19th Members’ Manuscripts and book sale

2nd Theme – ‘If I had a time machine I would …’

16th Members’ Manuscripts and book sale
Closing date for the Article competition – a piece not exceeding 1,500 words on the theme of ‘Writing’

30th Theme – ‘At the Seaside’


13th Poetry Evening
Nominations for 2022/23 Committee open

27th Adjudication of the Article competition by (TBA)

11th Members’ Manuscripts and book sale

25th Theme – Writing for children (any age, any genre)

8th AGM and adoption of 2022 accounts – subscriptions for 2022-23 due – followed by Members’ Manuscripts if time allows

22nd Fortieth Anniversary meeting, Theme – ‘Highlights of Ripon Writers’ Group’
Closing date for the Poetry competition

6th (Pre-) Christmas event

10th Adjudication of the Poetry competition by (TBA)

24th Members’ Manuscripts and book sale

Our friendly group meets once a fortnight in St Wilfrid’s Community Centre and is always open to new members from the Ripon area and beyond. Whether your interest is in poetry or prose, novels, short stories, plays, wacky humour, a more analytical style of writing, or just listening for the time being, you're very welcome.

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