2017: Archived Meetings

Tuesday, 7. Feb 2017 - Short Story Competition - Judging event


Join our judging event of our annual short story competition with Helen Marshall as the juror.

Helen is a Lecturer of Creative Writing and Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Her first collection of fiction Hair Side, Flesh Side won the Sydney J Bounds Award in 2013, and Gifts for the One Who Comes After, her second collection, won the World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award in 2015. She is currently editing The Year’s Best Weird Fiction to be released in 2017, and her debut novel Everything that is Born will be published by Random House Canada in 2018.

Tuesday, 7. Mar 2017 - Annual General Meeting


An AGM may not be anyone's idea of a great night out.  Yet this is actually  our general forum and opportunity to have a say in how things are run.  The Committee is, after all, made up of its own members, we consider ourselves forward-thinking and open to new ideas, so please come along and let us hear from you. 

Tuesday, 4. Apr 2017


Julian Friedmann

Julian is a longstanding partner in the Blake-Friedmann literary agency.

He will talk on the current state, and likely future direction, of both literary agencies and publishing in general. The explosion in those writing, or trying to write, together with self-publishing as e-books, have undermined old certainties. Where do we go from here?
You can watch his presentation "The mystery of storytelling" on TEDxEaling.

Tuesday, 2. May 2017 - The novel ‘The Words in my Hand’


Guinevere Glasfurd

Guinevere is a former member of Cambridge Writers whom we are pleased to welcome back to talk about her successful debut novel. It tells the true story of Helena Jans, an illiterate serving girl in 17th century Holland. A lodger is the famous philosopher and mathematician René Descartes. At first he helps her learn to write, and they then commence a romantic affair. It tells their story in a moving but unsentimental way.
Guinevere is in the Costa book award 2016 shortlist for this novel.

Tuesday, 6. Jun 2017 - Flash Fiction Competition


This is a members-only competition. Bring along a printed story of not more that 250 words. It must have a title, although this is not part of the word count. Stories will be read aloud anonymously by a single reader to ensure a uniformity of delivery. Members will then cast votes to determine the winner. The prize is a box of chocolates.