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What is it?

  • Writing for pleasure is a very popular way of using free time.  It is also very flexible;  it can be done almost anywhere, at home or away, and it needs very little in the way of equipment.  

  • The range of things that you can write is vast, from short stories to long novels, and including articles, essays, plays, scripts, poems and other ways of recording your thoughts and experiences.  

  • And the subject matter of your  writing can be literally anything in the world and human experience.  

  • Some people who start writing for pleasure go on to sell their writings, becoming professional writers on a full or part time basis.

Find out more


British Comparative Literature Association  www.swan.ac.uk/german/bcla/bcla.htm
Poetry Society  www.poetrysoc.com/
Stratford-upon-Avon Writers World Wide  www.stratfordwriters.org.uk/stratford/
trAce Online Writing Community  trace.ntu.ac.uk/
Writers' Guild of Great Britain  www.wggb.demon.co.uk/


Poetry Life 
The New Writer 
Write to Publish! 

Getting started

  • Find a local writing group or club (see organisations above).

  • Take a class or course at your local adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on different aspects of writing.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Writing is something that can be done by anyone, of whatever age and sex.

  • Some people write just for themselves, whether keeping a diary or writing poems or books.  Others like to see what they write in print in some way so that more people can share their thoughts and ideas.  

  • To get into print in some form,  you need to have contact with an organisation that produces a newsletter or magazine, or someone who does more extensive publishing.  

  • It is also possible to organise the printing and circulation of your writings yourself, particularly if you have a home computer with desk top publishing capabilities.

Equipment or clothing
  • The only essentials are some paper and writing implements of some kind (pen, pencil etc.).  

  • Some writers prefer to stick to this kind of traditional method of writing.  Others use a typewriter or computer with word processing capability.  

  • If your work is to be submitted for publication, you may to have it typed up in some form or other.

A place or facilities
  • There is no need for any special facilities for writing, though some people need peace and quiet in which to write.  

  • Writing groups often meet in people's houses as well as in schools and other places where a room can be hired.

Have a go - get started now

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