Creative Writing


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The Creative Writing Society is a friendly community that welcomes anyone with a passion for writing. Whether you’ve been writing stories for years, decided yesterday that you want to write poetry, or simply enjoy listening to the fictions of fellow enthusiasts, you’ve come to the 'write' place!


For a mere £4 membership fee you'll have a plethora of events and opportunities at your disposal:


Lit Circle

Wednesdays 7pm-9pm (First session 25 Sept)
Trent LG11

Our main event and mid-week pick-me-up. Each week a new theme is explored through a range of activities and prompts. It’s a lot of fun! If you're feeling inspired, share your writing, or just sit back and enjoy the musings of others.


Free Writing

Thursdays 7pm-9pm (First session TBC)


Got a character to create or a rhyme to refine? Are unwritten essays haunting your sleep? Come along to free writing to work on your projects in a friendly environment. Try bouncing some ideas around; who knows what inspiration you may find?


Coffeeshop Critiques

Saturdays 1pm-3pm (Fortnightly)
Portland Coffee Co. – The Snug

Be it the latest chapter of your epic novel, the pinnacle of your poetry collection, or a fun experimental piece, join us for some friendly critiquing over a good ol’ cake and cuppa. We have coffee discount, too!


Murder Mystery

Biannual Event

The word ‘murder’ isn’t usually a selling point, but it's a key part of the biggest night of the Creative Writing year! Assume your new persona, meet and interrogate those of suspicious natures (everyone), and try to solve the case. Sure, you might die in the process,* but you won't let that put you off attending, right?
                *Disclaimer: no-one is actually maimed or killed during this event. Unless you identify as a snack, in which case many of your people are devoured and we cannot guarantee your safety.

Magazine: Firelight

Firelight logo

Firelight is published three times a year and distributed around the University and Nottingham city centre in cafes and bookshops (including Waterstones). Showcasing the talent of our members, the magazine is the perfect starting point for getting your name and work out amongst the local communities and beyond (and who knows, maybe even a publisher or two!).


Podcast: Off the Page


A brand new edition to Creative Writing Society, Off the Page is a fantastic platform for members to share their writing with the world. If you have a piece to share but don't want to read yourself, that's fine too!

The Blog

A new way to showcase your work online. The Blog is the best place to share the pieces you want to share with the world, be it a story you wrote in a Lit Circle or a poem you wrote on a train. Go to for the blog and to find out more about the society.


We have many exciting collaboration events with other societies too! For the latest news and updates, join our Facebook Group or follow us on Twitter and Instagram


If you have any questions, please contact the relevant 2019/20 committee member and we'll be happy to help:


President - Matthew Bird (
Treasurer - Tom Erskine-Jomes (
General Secretary - Philippa Flanagan-Smith (
Social Secretary - Ravi Kakkad (
Magazine Editor - Charlotte Hammond (
Web Master - Madeleine Roche (


We hope to see you soon!


Society Photograph 2019