Welcome to the Cutting Edge Writers website.
We are planning to start a second group in 2023. This group may meet in the evening and have fewer people in it. All abilities welcomed. Please show your interest by clicking here :- Join here
If you are looking for a creative writing group you have come to the right site. Cutting Edge Writers have been meeting at The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk, for over ten years. We also provide online attendance when required. Our weekly sessions are aimed at writers of all levels and take place in an informal, friendly setting. Members discuss and review their work within a constructive feedback process designed to develop writing skills and boost confidence. We have members who focus on fiction but also those who prefer non-fiction and poetry. Non-fiction, life writing, takes many different forms but we encourage the creative aspects of them all.
A typical session begins with a writing challenge to prompt ideas and inspiration for beginners and experienced writers alike. Exercises might address issues such as editing, grammar and punctuation, or more specific aspects of the creative writing process like point of view, dialogue, structure and plot. Then we pause for coffee, and often cake, before reviewing each other’s work in our endeavour to support and nurture members’ abilities and aspirations. For those who wish to participate, a homework brief is set each week, with a diverse range of subjects.
Occasionally we tackle poetry and it has been rewarding to see the recent progress of members previously uninterested in the form. Poetry relies on different writing techniques from those of prose and there is a now a confidence in tackling all kinds of rhymes or free verse and even set forms.
Some members are aiming for publication; others prefer to write for themselves. We have self-published four volumes of collected short stories and poetry, available from Amazon. The image above includes the CEW Anthologies and some of the books published by members.