Writing can be a lonely process

Have you spent hours, days, weeks, even months curled up with your characters, colouring in their world and their personalities? Have you spent so much time with them that your partner has forgotten what you look like and you haven’t brushed your hair in days because you’ve got far better things to do with your time? Do you spend every moment – waking and sleeping – with your characters? That’s great. That’s fun.

Until you hit the midway slump. You get halfway through your project and you just can’t brain anymore. Where do you take your story next? What do you do to your characters next? What’s the driving force behind your story?

Once you hit that midway slump and don’t know how to get out of it, you start to wonder if it’s really the project for you. You get distracted by a shinier, newer project. That holds your attention for a while…

…then you hit the midway slump again.

How do you break the cycle? How do you finish your long list of works-in-progress to achieve your dreams of seeing your writing in print?

Meet your new support network

We’re a group of writers of all ages, abilities, and skillsets. Between us, we write fiction, poetry, scripts, blog posts, journalism, copy, and just about any other type of writing you can think of.

And that’s why we’re the perfect community to help you.

At Nottingham Writers’ Studio, you can connect with accountability buddies to keep you motivated. You can join critique groups to get feedback on your writing. You can meet fellow writers who will inspire you.

Whatever it is you want to get out of your writing, we’re here to help.

The secret weapon to your writing career

Our members have built critique groups for all types of writing from YA novels to LGTBQ+ writing, and we’re always looking to create new critique groups and introduce new members to ongoing ones.

We regularly hold urban writing retreats in our Nottingham city centre-based building, where you can take part in tutored workshops and brainstorm your ideas with our chairperson, Sarah Hindmarsh. As a private tutor and writer of 1001 Writing Prompts for Generating Ideas, she’s the perfect person to inspire your creativity.

We also hold all sorts of events and courses around writing, from how to get your work published, to how to get started on your next great project. Whatever stage of your writing career you’re at, we’ve got a course for you.

A community for everyone

Not based in Nottingham? That’s cool—we welcome people who live in Nottingham and beyond! You don’t have to have regular access to our physical space to take advantage of our membership benefits.

Whatever you write, and whatever stage of your writing journey you’re at, come join us!

Membership includes:

  • Free socials to meet more awesome people like you
  • Meet an accountability buddy to get you out of your midway slump
  • Critique groups
  • Mentorship schemes
  • Discounts on courses
  • Members-only Facebook group
  • Advice on discovering the best publishing path for you
  • Monthly newsletter with the latest writing opportunities
  • 24/7 access to our building with Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, and a kitchen
  • So much more

All this for two coffees a month

Membership is £6.99 a month, or £80 a year to take advantage of all our great features, with many more on the way.

Students get 30% discount, making membership just £4.95 a month.

If you’d rather just take advantage of our space and not the writing community, you can apply for a coworking membership, which is £60 a year.

The sooner you join, the sooner you can start taking advantage!

And that’s not all…

If you join before the end of May, you’ll be entered into our draw to win a mentorship package with our chairperson, Sarah Hindmarsh, worth £300! This will include:

  • Bimonthly mentoring meetings for a year
  • Email support for those questions that just can’t wait between sessions for a year
  • Critique of one piece of work up to 3000 words between each mentoring session

Join Nottingham Writers’ Studio

What happens after you apply

Once you’ve submitted your application, we”ll have a quick look through it (this should take a few days – our staff only work part-time so please bear with us) then send you payment options so that you can pick the one that best suits your needs.

In future we hope to automate this process but in the meantime please bear with us while we iron out some kinks to our new system 🙂